San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

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All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Science

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Art/Art Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
Fine/Studio Arts
French Language and Literature
General Music
German Language and Literature
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Interior Design
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Jewish/ Judaic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Music Performance
Other Philosophy and Religious Studies
Product and Industrial Design
Professional, Technical, Business and Scientific Writing
Rhetoric and Composition
Spanish Language and Literature


Major Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management
Hospitality Management and Administration
Labor Studies

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Design & Visual Communications
Other Radio, Television, and Digital Communication
Radio and Television


Major Bachelors Masters
Early Childhood Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education


Major Bachelors Masters
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Apparel and Textiles
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Health and Physical Education
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Communication Disorders
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Public Health (MPH, DPH)
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Behavioral Sciences
Museology/Museum Studies
Natural Sciences
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Applied Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science
Other Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
American Indian/Native American Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian-American Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican- American/Chicano Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Other Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender and Group Studies
Political Science and Government
Social Sciences
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Administration
Social Work

Technician Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Industrial Technology/Technician


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science

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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 15 Reviews

53% of students gave San Francisco State University 4 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Academics Rating

Class size at SF State is really overwhelming and questions the University's ability to accommodate students within the classroom. During the first few days of classes, everyone is sitting on the floor and listening from the hall for the professors lectures and instructions.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Academics Rating

I have taken many mind blowing, eye opening classes here. I have, at the same time struggled to crash (show up one the first day when your not enrolled in a desperate attempt to add a class to your roster) numerous pre-requisite and general ed courses that only have 20 seats when hundreds of students need to take them to graduate. My favorite classes have been: Science and Spirituality of Africa, which taught me that the BLACK Egyptians invented and perfected astronomy, algebra, geometry, medicine, literature and poetry thousands of years before the Greeks and Romans were even reading. English 214 emphasis on Erotic literature. Part of our curriculum was to read the Craig's List "Casual Encounters" ads (if you've never heard of them, you should go look some up, they're hilarious!) and we read numerous twisted, exciting, excerpts from books such as The Piano Teacher by Michael Haneke. We learned about power struggles in relationships and how often roll reversing will make people go nuts. And lastly I deeply loved my Drawing 1 class. I'm a fashion design major, so the school requires me to take this class before I can take my normal Design courses, BUT SAN FRANCISCO STATE ONLY OFFERS ONE DRAWING CLASS PER SEMESTER (if that) and I know that Interior Design, Fine Arts, Print making and Graphic design students all need this course too. I showed up and there was no space for me, so I continued coming to every class until someone finally dropped and there was an open spot. Also this class accepts Fine Arts students before anyone else, so it's full of first time freshmen when seniors still need to take it to graduate. The school expects us to have taken drawing 1 at a community college in addition to going to school at State. This is ridiculous and I'm the only person I know who didn't have to take Drawing 1 at another school. Anyways, my art class was very labor intensive, but extremely fulfilling. Our final project was to create an interactive, political art piece and display it on campus somewhere. I made a dress out of my sketches from that class and placed in onto a life sized Barbie Doll. She was suspended from a rope attached to two windows on opposite sides of this walkway. I left scissors on the floor and placed a message across all the windows on a giant wall of our campus housing. The message read "You dare cut our education short!" and with chalk on the ground I wrote explaining the situation with the school's 1 drawing class and how absurdly our money is spent (for example on our prize winning lawn and gardens). I got huge school wide press coverage and everyone came up and talked to me about their hardships in getting into classes. It was amazing.

San Francisco State University Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Retention Rate 80%
Carnegie Class Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in June, July, and December.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Certificate Programs

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Washington Semester (American University)

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Other: elective units for academically-relevant paid internships

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine

Class Sizes at San Francisco State University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 20%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 14%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 58%
  • 100+ Students: 7%
Fewer than 20 Students 20%
50 - 100 Students 14%
20 - 49 Students 58%
100+ Students 7%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 60
  • Asian: 17
  • Unknown and Other: 10
  • Latino: 7
  • African American: 5
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1
Caucasian 60
Asian 17
Unknown and Other 10
Latino 7
African American 5
American Indian or Alaska native 1

Faculty at San Francisco State University

Total Faculty 1,626
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 26
Full-Time Professors 2,202
Male Faculty 763
Part-Time Professors 1,027
Women Faculty 863

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