B.A. Degree Requirements

General Education


  • 1st Year English or equivalent
  • Math: PHIL 110, LING 123, MATH 105, 107, 112 or higher
  • 4th semester second language proficiency

General Education

  • 6 units Tier 1 Individuals & Societies
  • 6 units Tier 1 Traditions & Cultures
  • 6 units Tier 1 Natural Sciences
  • 3 units Tier 2 Arts
  • 3 units Tier 2 Individuals & Societies or Tier 2 Humanities
  • 3 units Tier 2 Natural Science
  • 3 units Diversity Emphasis Course (can be fulfilled with General Education Courses)



  • 1st Year English or Equivalent
  • Math: PHIL 110, LING 123, MATH 107 or higher
  • 4th semester proficiency in a second language

UNIV 101: Intro to the Gen Ed Experience

1 Unit

Exploring Perspectives (EP) Gen Eds:

Complete 1 of each:

  • Artist
  • Humanist
  • Social Scientist
  • Natural Scientist

Building Connections (BC) Gen Eds

Complete 3 courses

UNIV 301: The Gen Ed Portfolio

1 Unit

Minimum units needed for all Gen Eds: 32.

Core Courses (6 units)

  • HIST 301
  • HIST 498
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the nature and practice of writing history and to teach critical reading, writing, research and analytical skills necessary for history majors. Required course in the history major.
The culmination of the History Major, HIST 498 allows students to pursue in depth the research interests they have developed in other history classes. The department offers several sections of various topics each semester. Usually taken in the last year in college, this research seminar teaches students to organize, research, and write a substantial paper (at least 20 pages) or, occasionally, its equivalent in a different form. This project will constitute original research: it will base its argument substantially on a critical evaluation of primary sources (in the original languages when possible, or in translation). It will also actively and critically engage secondary scholarship. Although the research paper is the final product, students will work toward this through a series of structured, graded stages--for example, a research proposal, historiographic essay, rough draft(s), class presentation, and final draft--each of which may involve giving and receiving peer commentary.

History Areas

Complete 1 class in each History Area (15 units):

History Courses

  • Complete 18 units of History electives

Pre-1500 Courses

  • Complete 1 of the Pre-1500 Courses (can double dip with History Areas or History Electives)


Required, minimum of 18 units (or double-major)

General Electives

General elective courses can be taken if needed to reach 120 total units or 42 upper-division units.