Major in History

In addition to the Core Curriculum requirements, History majors are required to complete 42 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. The Bachelor of Arts degree may be earned by adding a foreign language to the major course requirements. The language requirement can be met by completing the intermediate courses (or their equivalent) of a modern foreign language.

Required Course (3 Units)
HIST 300INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL STUDY 1,43
History Electives - Lower-Division Survey Courses (15 Units)
Select a minimum of one course in pre-modern history (history prior to 1500)3
Select a minimum of one course in U.S. survey from the following:3
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
HONORS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR
HONORS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
Select a minimum of one course in European survey, for example:3
INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION THROUGH THE 17TH CENTURY
HISTORY OF EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION FROM THE 17TH CENTURY
BYZANTINE EMPIRE AND BALKANS TO 1821
Select a minimum of two courses in global surveys which must be non-U.S. AND non-European history, such as: 26
EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION TO THE 19TH CENTURY
MODERN EAST ASIA SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY
ISLAMIC HISTORY: FROM THE RISE OF ISLAM TO THE RISE OF THE OTTOMANS
MODERN MIDDLE EAST HISTORY
LATIN AMERICA: COLONIAL PERIOD
LATIN AMERICA: NATIONAL PERIOD
History of Africa to 1900
WORLD HISTORY BEFORE 1300
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1300
History Electives - Upper-Division Courses (24 Units)
Select seven upper-division courses including the following:21
A minimum of two courses in pre-modern history (history prior to 1500)
A minimum of one course in U.S. history
A minimum of one course in European history
A minimum of two courses in global history 2
HIST 486SENIOR HISTORY SEMINAR (either U.S., European or global history) 3,43
Total Units42
1

Course must be taken during the junior year or equivalent.

2

Of the four required global history courses (two lower and two upper), students must take at least one course from two of the five sub-regions (Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, World History).

3

Course must be taken during the senior year.

4

Introduction to Historical Study (HIST 300) and the History Seminar (HIST 486) may not be taken in the same term.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Select one of the following:3HIST global survey course13
HIST 101 (Core 5)
ENGL 102 or TSEM 102 (Core 1 or 2)3
HIST 102 (Core 5)
Core 43
HIST 103 (Core 5)
Core 74
HIST 145 or 1463Elective3
ENGL 102 or TSEM 102 (Core 1 or 2)3 
Core 33 
Elective3 
 15 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HIST global survey course13HIST pre-modern survey course23
Core 63Core 103
Core 83Core 133
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HIST 3003HIST upper level, global3
HIST upper level, pre-modern3HIST upper level, European3
HIST upper level, American3Upper-level elective3
Core 143Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HIST 4863HIST upper level, pre-modern3
HIST upper level, global3HIST upper level3
Upper-level elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 121
1

HIST 110, HIST 111, HIST 117, HIST 118, HIST 121, HIST 122, HIST 135, HIST 160, HIST 161, HIST 275 or HIST 277      

2

HIST 101, HIST 110, HIST 117, HIST 121, HIST 135, HIST 160 or HIST 275 

  1. Marshal and arrange appropriate historical evidence from primary and secondary sources to support historical arguments
  2. Demonstrate command of a body of historical knowledge related to major political, economic, social, and cultural events and issues in Western culture
  3. Demonstrate command of a body of historical knowledge related to major political, economic, social, and cultural events and issues in non-Western cultures
  4. Demonstrate information literacy, which includes technological competency