Major Requirements


Total Units Needed

33 units, including a minimum of 18 units at the upper-division level, are required for the major.  (Up to 12 of these 33 units may be used to fulfill requirements in both the History major and another major, if allowed by both the History Department and the other program; only HIST courses can be used for the history major.)

History majors also complete HIST 301, Area Requirements, the Chronological Requirement (1 pre-1500 class), and HIST 498 or 496H (the Senior Capstone)

HIST 301: Introduction to the Study of History

HIST 301 is one of the first classes you will take as a History major. HIST 301 will introduce you research and writing skills essential to success in the major.  It is a prerequisite
for admission into HIST 498 or HIST 496H.  It is strongly recommended that you complete HIST 301 in your first or second year in the major. (3 units)

History 498 (or 496H): Senior Capstone Course

All History majors must take HIST 498 (or HIST 496H): Senior Capstone.  The prerequisite for this course is a passing grade in HIST 301: Introduction to the Study of History. HIST 498 may not be used to satisfy any area requirement.  Honors students may enroll in the special honors section, HIST 496H, if it is offered. (3 units)

Area Requirements

The Department of History insists that its undergraduate majors distribute their course offerings among at least four fields in History. Students must choose four of the five areas, and take at least 1 courses (3 units) in each of these four areas. The logic behind these requirements is breadth of historical knowledge. (12 units total)

  1. Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
  2. Europe
  3. Latin America
  4. United States
  5. Thematic

Chronological Requirement (Pre-1500 Class)

At least course taken for the major must be on the time period before 1500. Click on the list below for a list of classes that fulfill this requirement:

Elective Credits

15 units of additional, elective history credits will complete the major. All HIST courses, except Tier 1 Gen Eds (HIST 150s and 160s) can count as electives for the history major.


Studying Law? The History Department also offers a Double Major in History and Law.

History and Law double majors must satisfy all the requirements of the History major.  The School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) gives History and Law double majors credit for up to twelve units of History coursework.  SGPP allows students who declare the double major to take HIST 301 and HIST 498 in place of SGPP 300A and 300B and awards six units of Law elective course credit for any two of the following HIST courses:

HIST 335: Western America: Law and Order, 1785-1915
HIST 349: History of Crime in America, 1607-Present
HIST 378: Global Human Rights
HIST 471: A History of Migrations in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean World
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Contact Us

Department of History
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Main Office, Room 415 
1110 James E. Rogers Way
Tucson, AZ 85721

Tel: (520) 621-1586
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