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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History B.A.

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View information for the Department of History , including Learning Objectives for the department and its programs.

View the degree program Roadmap, which provides a recommended advising map to complete the degree program in four years. Please consult your academic advisor as you develop your academic plan.


1. Complete University General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

(51 units minimum)

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2. Complete the following prerequisites to the major.

(11 units)

a. A two-course sequence in World Civilizations or World History

(6 units)

b. One course in lower-division U.S. History

(3 units)

3. Complete the major of 30 upper-division units.

No courses graded CR may be counted towards the major, except eight units taken in courses graded exclusively CR/NC.


Reading knowledge of a foreign language is desirable for the bachelor’s degree and the history graduate program.

The Major

(30 units minimum)

2. Select one course in upper-division United States history from Group 2:

(3 units)

GROUP 2:  United States

3. Select two courses in upper-division Latin American, Asian, African, and/or Middle Eastern History from Groups 3 through 6:

The two courses may not come from the same group.  (6 units)


At least two courses from groups 1 through 6 above must be in a premodern era.  Courses fulfilling this requirement bear asterisks (*).


Special Topics courses (HIST 4950) may be used to satisfy the above requirements at the discretion of the History Department.

6. Complete the following Writing Proficiency course:

(4 units)

7. Complete sufficient electives to equal at least 30 upper-division units in history.

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