Teacher Preparation Option

The Teacher Preparation Option in History is designed for students seeking a Single Subject Credential in Social Science. This degree - Bachelor of Arts in History: Teacher Preparation Option - has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for the Single Subject Credential in History-Social Science.


Students who graduate with this option in the history major will fulfill all subject matter certification requirements mandated by state law as part of the credentialing process to teach history and social science in California public schools at the middle-school and high-school levels.

The major consists of courses in history and other social science disciplines. The major is comprised of 24 semester units in required lower-division coursework and 48 semester units in required and elective upper-division coursework. 15 of the lower-division units may double-count with lower-division General Education requirements.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses that satisfy the major requirements.


Early consultation with the program director is strongly recommended for all students interested in becoming middle-school or high school history-social science teachers. Instructions on how to schedule and prepare for an advisement session can be downloaded here.


Program Requirements: 72 units

Lower Division Courses (24 units)

  • HIST 1010 World History to 1500 CE (3)
  • HIST 1020 World History since 1500 CE (3)
  • HIST 2010 U.S. History to 1877 (3)
  • HIST 2020 U.S. History since 1877 (3)
  • ECON 1500 Economics for the Citizen (3)
  • GEOG 1550 Cultural Geography (3)
  • POLS 1000 Government & American Society (3)
  • RELS/PHIL 2000 Intro to Comparative Religions (3)

Upper Division Required Subject Areas (24 units)

  • HIST 3080 Historiography (3)
  • HIST 3090 (pre-req. HIST 3080) Historical Research and Writing (3)
  • HIST 3480 California (3)
  • ECON 3600 or ECON/POLS 4260 Developing Countries & New Global Economy or International Political Economy (3)
  • GEOG 3700 World Regional Geography (3)
  • GEOG 4510 or 4310 Historical Geography of North America or California (3)
  • POLS 3730 (pre-req. POLS 1000) Foundations of Comparative Politics (3)
  • ANTH 4060, CLS 4100, CLS 4260, ECON 3500, HIST 3400, HIST 4090, HIST 4600, HIST 4770, HIST 4800, GEOG 4460, GEOG 4760, PAS 4200, PAS/LAS/POLS 3600, POLS 4090 or SOC 4600. Select one 3-unit course from this list. See catalog for course information; these classes explore issues of diversity using social-science methodologies.

Required Courses in Pedagogy (6 units)

  • HIST 3000 Early Field Experience in History-Social Science Education (3)
  • HIST 4960 (pre-req. HIST 3090) Issues in Teaching History-Social Science (3)

Upper-Division History Concentration (18 units)

  • U.S Periods Course (3 units): any class from HIST 4700 to HIST 4750
  • U.S. Topics Course (3 units): any class from HIST 4775 to HIST 4890; or HIST 3450
  • Europe Course (3 units): any class from HIST 4110 to 4370; or HIST 3100
  • Africa, Asia, or Middle East Course (3 units): any class from HIST 4410 to HIST 4540
  • Latin America Course (3 units): any class from HIST 4610 to 4690
  • HIST 4900 (pre-req. HIST 3090): Research Capstone: Special Studies In History (3)

A copy of the program requirements for the Teacher Preparation Option history major can be downloaded here.

A copy of the program requirements for the major in effect before Fall 2016 can be downloaded here.

History Courses

A complete list of the History Department's courses can be downloaded here.

Sample Road Maps to Graduation

The following road maps cover the major, GE, and degree requirements for the B.A. in History (Teacher Preparation Option). A minimum of 120 semester units is required for any B.A. degree.