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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Understand and analyze the sources used by historians.
  2. Understand how to synthesize historical information.
  3. Understand how to design, research, and produce an original research paper.
  4. Understand multiple perspectives.
  5. Understand chronological and spatial thinking.
  6. Understand historiography / historical interpretations.
  7. Understand content knowledge.
  8. Understand historical change, understand themselves and their lives in historical context, and develop a sense of the past that can sustain them today.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

HIST 100Introduction to the Study of History2
HIST 110Western Civilization: Ancient to Renaissance4
HIST 111Western Civilization: Reformation to the Present4
HIST 201United States History to 1865 (D1) (USCP) 14
HIST 202United States History Since 1865 (D1) (USCP) 14
HIST 213Modern Political Economy (D2) 14
or HIST 214 Political Economy of Latin America and the Middle East
HIST 221World History, Beginnings to 1000 (D3) 14
or HIST 222 World History, 1000 - 1800
or HIST 223 World History, 1800 - Present
HIST 303Research and Writing Seminar in History5
HIST 304Historiography4
HIST 460Senior Project I2
HIST 461Senior Project II2
History Electives
Select upper division HIST courses24
Select a minimum of 12 units at the 400 level 2
Select a minimum of 12 units from the following Non-U.S., Non-European courses
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
Cultures of West Africa and the African Diaspora
East Asian Culture and Civilization
Middle East
Modern East Asia
The Lure of the Sea
Modern South and Southeast Asia
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Modern Central America
Vietnam War at Home and Abroad
Modern Japan
20th Century China
Chinese Film and History
Modern Southeast Asia
The History of Prostitution
Japanese Postwar Film and History
The History of Vietnam
The Indian Ocean
Precolonial African History
Modern African History
Topics and Issues in Latin American History
Topics and Issues in Asian History
Topics and Issues in African History
Topics and Issues in Comparative History
Imperialism and Postcolonial Studies
Arabia and the Arab Gulf States
Foreign Language Requirement
Select from the following:4
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I
Intermediate French I
Intermediate German I
Intermediate Italian I
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate World Language I
or equivalent course
Any upper division courses (300-400, including History) 324
(See GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives 3, 429
Total units180

Required in Major; also satisfies GE.


Excluding HIST 400, HIST 467, HIST 485, HIST 495.


If upper-division GE courses are used to satisfy Major or Support requirements, additional units may be required to complete the 180 total unit requirement.


Upper division GE courses taken for a letter grade satisfy support course requirements which would cause free electives to become 41 rather than 29 units. Consult college advisor for additional information.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 12 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area D/E Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (4 units in Major) 10
D2Political Economy (4 units in Major) 10
D3Comparative Social Institutions (4 units in Major) 10
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective (no HIST course)4
Area FTechnology
FUpper-division elective4
Total units60

Required in Major; also satisfies GE.