May 13, 2021
The Bachelor of Arts degree program in History is designed to provide an understanding of societal development in all aspects of human experience 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 scholarship. Students should confer in advance with a history adviser to select the courses and program appropriate to their goals.
The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in History is 180 units, of which 78-108 units are in the major depending on the option selected. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.
Requirements for the Major (78-80 or 106-108 units)
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in History select one of two options: A General Option, requiring 78-80 units, and a Teacher Preparation Option, requiring 106-108 units, for those interested in a Single-Subject Credential in Social Science.
General Option (78-80 units)
The General option is comprised of a required core of 18-20 lower division and 44 upper division units plus 16 units of electives.
Foreign Language Competence
History majors are urged to develop competence in at least one foreign language.
Lower Division Required Courses (20 units, or 18-20 units of equivalent transfer credit)
Upper Division Required Courses (44 units)
Required Courses (8 units)
Select 8 units each from groups A, B, and C for a total of 24 units:
Group A Western Civilization/Europe (8 units)
Group B The United States (8 units)
Group C The Non-Western World (8 units)
Special Studies (12 units)
Student must complete 4 additional units of special studies, chosen from the following: 450A, 450B, 497, 498
Electives (16 units)
Select any 300 or 400 level courses in history. No more than 8 units may be taken at the 300 level for the major. With prior departmental approval, a maximum of 8 units may be taken in fields outside history.
Teacher Preparation Option (106-108 units)
The Teacher Preparation Option is designed for students seeking a Single Subject Credential in Social Science. Students who graduate with this option in the History major will fulfill all subject matter requirements for the Social Science Credential. Early consultation with a department advisor is strongly recommended.
The option is comprised of 34-36 required lower division units and 72 required and elective upper division units in history and other social science disciplines.
Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses that satisfy the major requirements.
Lower Division Courses (34-36 units)
History Courses (20 units, or 18-20 units of equivalent transfer credit)
Economics Courses (4 units)
Geography Courses (4 units)
Political Science Courses (4 units)
Religious Studies Courses (4 units)
Upper Division Courses (72 units)
Upper division subject areas (40 units)
History Courses (12 units)
Economics Courses (4 units)
Geography Courses (12 units)
Political Science Courses (8 units)
Diversity Courses (4 units)
Select one from the following:
Upper Division History Concentration (24 units)
Select one from each of the following six areas:
United States Periods (4 units)
United States Topics (4 units)
Required Courses in Pedagogy (8 units)
Capstone Course (4 units)