All History majors in Cal Poly Pomona's History Department take a required sequence of five semester-long courses, beginning with HST 1100, The Study and Practice of History, which should be taken as soon as possible after enrollment in the History major. Juniors and seniors take one seminar focused on research methods and historiography (HST 3300, Theory and Practice of History) and one research seminar focused on digital history and primary-source research skills (HST 4494, 4495, 4496, or 4497). They will also complete a one-semester Senior Thesis class, during which they do research in primary and secondary sources on a topic of their choice and write a senior thesis of at least 20 pages.

Students who are interested in teaching will enroll in the Pre-Credential Option, which will expose them to the content that they will need to teach history-social science in grades 7-12 (including required courses in the humanities and social sciences, as well as in history). Students who are not interested in teaching may select the general history option, which includes more unrestricted electives and allows students to pursue a minor in another department.

Program Overview Video

Department chair Dr. Daniel Lewis explains the key components of the CPP History undergraduate programs.