International Year One - Liberal & Creative Arts

Through the College of Liberal & Creative Arts students will be prepared for an increasingly global culture in which they will influence contemporary spaces, media, and social interactions.

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SF State courses span the creative arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as the interstices between disciplines. As scholars and artists, advocates and practitioners, the faculty work at the intersection of education and community; they engage diverse bodies of knowledge, connecting learning and application to the broader society.

SF State students develop the ability to find patterns in data, to speak confidently in public settings, to write effectively and to think critically and ethically. Students in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts listen to the world, find their voices and envision a just future.

Key Information



4 Years:

1 Year Pathway + 3 Years Degree

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component

What you will study

Through a tailored combination of study, you will learn social, academic, and professional skills that will help you succeed in your studies at SF State.

Core Modules

Learn about the historical, geographic, and environmental, socio-cultural, and political context of the SF Bay Area that draws people to this place.

Students will need to have achieved a C- or better in the first term of this class. The second semester of this class will allow extra time to revisit and practice reading and writing strategies to improve English fluency.

Basic skills involved in understanding, criticizing, and constructing arguments by using materials reflective of experiences of ethnic/racial groups in the U.S.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree course

BA (Hons)
Industrial design
The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design addresses the creation of industrial goods and services.
BSc (Hons)
Visual Communication Design
The Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design encompasses and integrates graphic design and interactive design while offering additional study addressing advanced concepts and a changing technological landscape.
BA (Hons)
Women & Gender Studies
Students wishing to declare Women and Gender Studies as their major can now do so online, via Campus Solutions. A follow-up email will be sent from the Department Chair. Students can also make an appointment with one of the undergraduate advisers and fill out an advising form before the appointment.
BA (Hons)
Theatre Arts
The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts is designed to provide training for professional careers in theatre, dance, many of the other performing arts, graduate school, teacher certifications, or interdisciplinary/avocational interests in theatre and dance.
BA (Hons)
International Relations
International Relations (IR) is an interdisciplinary major focusing on the changing political, economic, and cultural relations within a globalized system. The program explores how global, regional, and domestic factors influence relations between actors on the world stage. Students are prepared for future careers, civic engagement, and life-long learning with strong analytical, writing, research, and presentation skills steeped in theory, history, and practice.
BA (Hons)
The Italian major consists of 30 units of upper-division coursework. Up to 14 units of lower-division coursework or demonstrated language proficiency is required for the major.
BA (Hons)
The Japanese major consists of 45 units of lower- and upper-division coursework. Upper-division courses in Japanese are generally conducted in Japanese, and students are expected to use Japanese in their speaking, reading, and writing.
BA (Hons)
To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, students must complete 43 journalism units. Only ten journalism units may be in the lower-division for print/online majors —JOUR 205 and JOUR 221, JOUR 222, and JOUR 226, or their equivalents completed elsewhere. Only 13 units may be lower-division for photojournalism majors—JOUR 205 and JOUR 221, JOUR 222, JOUR 226 and JOUR 235, or their equivalents completed elsewhere.
BA (Hons)
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies (LS) major has a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary curriculum that encompasses many areas of knowledge in the arts and sciences.
BA (Hons)
The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides a humanistic approach to the study of music as a significant part of human tradition and culture.
BA (Hons)
Philosophy is traditionally identified with the love of wisdom and the ability to think well about the foundations of human action, the nature of reality, and the purposes and priorities of life. Our department offers the opportunity for a systematic study of the philosophies of past and present and also of East and West, a study that deepens and broadens one’s outlook on the world and human affairs.
BA (Hons)
Philosophy & Religion
The Philosophy and Religion degree program has some general aims similar to those of the Philosophy program; in addition, this course of study assists students in the exploration of the origin, nature, and structure of the quest for human meaning.
BA (Hons)
Political Science
At least 28 units for the major must be from upper-division courses (300–699).Only three lower-division units may be counted towards the PLSI electives requirement. All other PLSI electives must be upper-division classes (300-level or above).
BA (Hons)
The Spanish program offers a Bachelor of Arts, a minor, and a Master of Arts in Spanish. At the undergraduate level, coursework in linguistics, culture, and civilization are aimed at improving one’s understanding of the language and the people who speak it.
BA (Hons)
The Humanities program offers students understanding of cultural experience through interdisciplinary study of the humanities. Undergraduate and graduate students study creative practices, cultural values, and insights of diverse human communities, past and present. Humanities majors explore methods of bringing the various humanities, such as literature, music, visual forms, and architecture, into an integrative view of the world's cultural diversity.
BA (Hons)
Students will be able to express knowledge about a geographic and chronological diversity of human experiences, identities, and relationships, both between people and between humans and the natural world, to understand the world beyond themselves. (Knowing)
BA (Hons)
Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts
Applications for admission to the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) major are accepted by the University's Office of Enrollment Services only during the application filing periods of October 1 to November 30 (for admission the following fall) and August 1 to September 30 (for admission the following spring). Applications received outside of these two filing periods will not be considered.
BA (Hons)
The Concentration in Chinese Language is designed for beginning language learners with little or no background in a Chinese language.
BA (Hons)
The School of Cinema is committed to a program of cinema studies and production as a common enterprise.
BA (Hons)
To ensure adequate planning of a student’s program, all majors must consult an advisor regularly throughout their undergraduate years. A list of Department of Classics advisors and a schedule of their availability can be found at the Classics website.
BA (Hons)
Communication Studies
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies must complete a 40 unit program consisting of 6 units of lower-division courses at the 100 or 200-level or equivalent courses from a transfer institution, one 4 unit GWAR course, 8 upper-division units in Rhetorical and Performative Communication, 8 upper-division units in Social Context and Interaction in Communication, 8 elective units in Communication Studies with a COMM prefix, 4 units in Communication Inquiry, and a 2 unit Senior Seminar in Communication Studies, taken in the last semester.
BA (Hons)
Comparative & World Literature
To ensure adequate planning of a student's program, all majors must consult an advisor regularly throughout their undergraduate years.
BA (Hons)
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance is designed to provide training in dance with an opportunity to emphasize dance performance, choreography, or teaching.
BA (Hons)
The English Department at SF State provides opportunities for students to study in a variety of subfields that make up the English major. Join us and become part of a racially, linguistically, and culturally diverse community of learners engaging in dialog between our histories and experiences, and new ideas and literacies.
BA (Hons)
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in French the student will satisfy the following outcomes:Language and Linguistics: Speak, write, and understand the French language; analyze the language in its morphology and syntax.
BA (Hons)
The academic program leading to a B.A. in German offers a wide range of courses to meet the diverse needs of today's student population. The undergraduate curriculum includes coursework in language, literature, linguistics, and culture. In addition, students can select courses in translation and German for business.
BA (Hons)
Art History
The Bachelor of Arts in Art History gives students the opportunity to learn about the visual cultures of the past and present around the globe.
BA (Hons)
The School of Art provides students with intellectually informed instruction in the histories and practices of the visual arts and museum studies within the context of a liberal arts university.
BA (Hons)
The undergraduate program is designed to provide a broad base of knowledge in the field. As part of their degree, students will take at least one lower-division and one upper-division course in each of the subfields offered by the department: Cultural, Biological, Visual Anthropology, and Archaeology.
BA (Hons)
American Studies
American Studies is a cross-disciplinary program that offers students an opportunity to create an individualized major.

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