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Bachelor of Arts in History

The history major is designed to help students develop an understanding of the complex factors that have produced the civilization of the present century. Such an understanding is necessary for becoming responsible citizens in our society. A history major also offers a valuable background for many careers including government service, law, education, library work, business, and journalism.

Course Requirements

HUM 111, HUM 212, HUM 313, and POSC 104 are preparatory for the major and will be computed as part of the grade point average of the student's major. Eleven upper-division history courses are required.

HUM 111, HUM 212, HUM 313, HIST 304 and POSC 104 as well as the other general education courses should be completed during the first two years. Students planning to study abroad during their sophomore year should enlist the help of the advisor for their major in planning their freshman-year program.

Course IDCourse NameUnits
Preparatory Courses (13 units)
HUM 111 Western Heritage I (GE) 3
HUM 212 Western Heritage II (GE) 3
HUM 313 Western Heritage III (GE) 3
POSC 104 The American People and Politics (GE) 4
Core Courses (12 units)
HIST 200 Introduction to Research 3
HIST 304 History of the American Peoples (GE) 4
HIST 580 Historiography 3
HIST 581a Senior Thesis (WI, RM, PS) 1
HIST 581b Senior Thesis (WI, RM PS) 1

HIST 200 should be taken during the first semester of the student's sophomore or junior year, while HIST 580 should be taken during the first semester of the senior year. History 581 is a year long course. HIST 581a should be taken during the fall of the senior year and HIST 581b in the spring semester of the senior year.

Breadth Distribution or Concentration (32 units)
A total of eight additional upper-division courses is required. One of them may be from another division if the course is pertinent to the student's program and if it has been approved by the chairperson of the Humanities and Teacher Education Division. The student must choose either the breadth distribution or concentration option described below.
Breadth Distribution Option: Two American, two European, two global/non-Western, and two elective upper-division history courses.
American History (8 units): Choose two courses
HIST 400 Native Americans 4
HIST 420 Colonial America, 1492-1763 4
HIST 421 The American Revolution and New Nation, 1763-1815 4
HIST 422 Jacksonian America and the Civil War, 1815-1877 4
HIST 423 United States: 1877-1920 4
HIST 424 United States: 1920-1952 4
HIST 425 United States: Since 1952 4
HIST 426 History of California and the Pacific Coast 4
HIST 427 Westward Movement in the United States 4
HIST 428 Topics in Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States 4
HIST 429 Foreign Relations of the United States Since 1890 4
HIST 430 Social History of the United States 4
HIST 435 Topics in the History of Women in the United States 4
HIST 438 History of Religion in America 4
European History (8 uits): Choose two courses
HIST 405 Topics in Global History (when topic includes significant European content) 4
HIST 406 Topics in National History (may be selected when topic deals with European national history) 4
HIST 410 The Greco-Roman World 4
HIST 411 The Middle Ages 4
HIST 412 The Renaissance and the Reformation 4
HIST 413 Early Modern Europe 4
HIST 415 Europe in the Nineteenth Century 4
HIST 416 Europe in the Twentieth Century 4
HIST 418 Modern History of Eastern Europe 4
Global/Non-Western History (8 units): Choose two courses
HIST 405 Topics in Global History 4
HIST 406 Topics in National History (may be selected when topic deals with a non-Western nation) 4
HIST 310 A History of Modern Japan 4
HIST 330 History of Traditional Chinese Civilization
4
HIST 331 History of Modern China 4
HIST 335 Latin-American History: The Colonial Period to 1800 4
HIST 336 Latin-American History: The National Period Since 1800 4
HIST 400 Native Americans 4
HIST 433 History of Mexico and the Borderlands 4
HIST 450 Modern History of Africa 4
HIST 460 Modern History of the Middle East 4
Upper-Division Electives (8 units): Choose from any upper-division history course. One course may be from outside the division.
Concentration Option: Choose one concentration (20 units) plus electives (12 units).
Ancient-Early Modern History Concentration (20 units): Choose five courses
HIST 330 Chinese Civilization to A.D. 1644 4
HIST 335 Latin-American History: The Colonial Period to 1800 4
HIST 409 Ancient Civilizations 4
HIST 410 The Greco-Roman World 4
HIST 411 The Middle Ages 4
HIST 412 The Renaissance and the Reformation 4
HIST 413 Early Modern Europe 4
HIST 420 Colonial America, 1492-1763 4
Modern History (20 units): Choose five courses
HIST 405 Topics in Global History (may be selected when topics deal with the period before 1750) 4
HIST 406 Topics in National History (may be selected when topics deal with the period before 1750) 4
HIST 310 A Modern History of Japan 4
HIST 336 Latin-American History: The National Period Since 1800 4
HIST 415 Europe in the Nineteenth Century 4
HIST 416 Europe in the Twentieth Century 4
HIST 418 Modern History of Eastern Europe 4
HIST 421 The American Revolution and New Nation, 1763-1815 4
HIST 422 Jacksonian America and the Civil War, 1815-1877 4
HIST 423 United States: 1877-1920 4
HIST 424 United States: 1920-1952 4
HIST 425 United States: Since 1952 4
HIST 426 History of California and the Pacific Coast 4
HIST 429 Foreign Relations of the United States Since 1890 4
HIST 450 Modern History of Africa 4
HIST 460 Modern History of the Middle East 4
American History (20 units): Choose five courses
HIST 400 Native Americans 4
HIST 420 Colonial America, 1492-1763 4
HIST 421 The American Revolution and New Nation, 1763-1815 4
HIST 422 Jacksonian America and the Civil War, 1815-1877 4
HIST 423 United States: 1877-1920 4
HIST 424 United States: 1920-1952 4
HIST 425 United States: Since 1952 4
HIST 426 History of California and the Pacific Coast 4
HIST 427 Westward Movement in the United States 4
HIST 428 Topics in Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States 4
HIST 429 Foreign Relations of the United States Since 1890 4
HIST 430 Social History of the United States 4
HIST 435 Topics in the History of Women in the United States 4
HIST 438 History of Religion in America 4
European History (20 units): Choose five courses
HIST 406 Topics in National History (may be selected when topic deals with European national history) 4
HIST 410 The Greco-Roman World 4
HIST 411 The Middle Ages 4
HIST 412 The Renaissance and the Reformation 4
HIST 413 Early Modern Europe 4
HIST 415 Europe in the Nineteenth Century 4
HIST 416 Europe in the Twentieth Century 4
HIST 418 Modern History of Eastern Europe 4
Global/Non-Western History (20 units): Choose five courses
HIST 310 Modern History of Japan 4
HIST 330 Chinese Civilization to A.D. 1644 4
HIST 331 Modern China Since A.D. 1644 4
HIST 335 Latin-American History: The Colonial Period to 1800 4
HIST 336 Latin-American History: The National Period Since 1800 4
HIST 400 Native Americans 4
HIST 405 Topics in Global History 4
HIST 406 Topics in National History (may be selected when topic deals with a non-Western nation) 4
HIST 433 History of Mexico and the Borderlands 4
HIST 450 Modern History of Africa 4
HIST 460 Modern History of the Middle East 4
Upper-Division Electives (12 units): Choose any upper-division courses outside your concentration. If your concentration is not Global/Non-Western, at least one course must be in Global/Non-Western History. One course may be from outside the division.

Business Emphasis for History Majors

History students interested in pursuing business careers should take certain business-related courses in addition to their major. These courses should assist them in entering MBA programs or in finding employment upon graduation. Copies of this list are on file in the Humanities and Teacher Education Division office (CAC 300).