Bachelor of Arts Program

The Bachelor of Arts degree in History is designed to provide an understanding of societal development in all aspects of experience and environment, and of the relevance of the past to the present. The program permits pursuit of a wide range of interests within the purview of historical methodology. Students should confer in advance with a history adviser to select the courses and program appropriate to their goals.

A checklist of the program requirements for the major can be downloaded here.

Instructions on how to schedule and prepare for an advisement session can be downloaded here.

For an overview of our department's areas of thematic interest and geographic focus, please check out our Areas of Departmental Specialization webpage.

Program Requirements: 51 units

Lower Division Courses (12 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)

Skills Courses (12 units)

  • HIST 3050 Public History (3)
  • HIST 3080 Historiography (3)
  • HIST 3090 (pre-req. HIST 3080) Historical Research and Writing (3)
  • HIST 4900 (pre-req. HIST 3090) Research Capstone: Special Studies in History (3)

Upper-Division Area Distribution Requirement (12 units)

  • GROUP A: EUROPE (3 units). Select one of the following: HIST 3110, 4110, 4120, 4130, 4140, 4150, 4210, 4220, 4225, 4230, 4240, 4250, 4260, 4270, 4280, 4310, 4340, 4350, 4360, 4370.
  • GROUP B: AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST, or ASIA (3 units). Select one of the following: HIST 4190, 4410, 4420, 4450, 4460, 4480, 4490, 4500, 4510, 4520, 4540.
  • GROUP C: LATIN AMERICA (3 units). Select one of the following: HIST 4090, 4600, 4610, 4620, 4640, 4650, 4660, 4665, 4670, 4690.
  • GROUP D: UNITED STATES (3 units). Select one of the following: HIST 3400, 3405, 3450, 3480, 4090, 4600, 4690, 4700, 4710, 4720, 4730, 4740, 4750, 4760, 4770, 4775, 4780, 4790, 4800, 4810, 4820, 4830, 4840, 4850, 4860, 4870, 4890.

Elective Courses (15 units)

  • Five upper-division History courses, with the HIST prefix, at the 4000 or 3000 level.
  • No more than 6 units may be taken at the 3000 level for the major.
  • With advisor approval, a maximum of 6 units may be taken in cognate fields outside HIST.

 

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 (General Option). A minimum of 120 semester units is required for a B.A. degree.