College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Degree Requirements

The History Major, both Options, requires 180 units for completion.  The History Minor requires 32 units.  The Latin American Studies Minor requires 28 units.

I- History Major: The history option offers a flexible curriculum for students who want a history major with maximum choice of general education courses and electives. This Option is designed for students who have career goals other than teaching at middle or high schools. It provides a foundation for those seeking pre-professional training in law, business, civil service, and graduate work leading to a master's degree or doctorate.

Required Core Courses (36 units):

HST 100 Study and Practice in History (4)

HST 101 History of World Civilization: Ancient Period (4)

HST 102 History of World Civilization: Middle Period (4)

HST 103 History of World Civilization: Modern Period (4)

HST 201 United States History (4)

HST 300 History Methods (4)

HST 390 History and Historians (4)

HST 461 Senior Thesis (4)

HST 462 Senior Thesis (4)

Elective Core Courses: 36 units of additional upper division history courses that can be chosen from the Area Studies, American History, and European History Series.

Required Support Courses (8 units):

PLS 201 Introduction to American Government (D1) (4)

HST 202 United States History (D1) (4)

The above major support courses are used to satisfy the indicated GE requirements (U. S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals).

Unrestricted Electives (32-40 units): Students select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from "Required Support," "GE," and "Unrestricted Electives" is at least 108 units.

 

II. History Major – Pre-Credential Option: Successful completion of the Pre-Credential Option of the History Major meets the subject matter competency requirement for prospective teachers seeking a California Single Subject Credential in Social Science.  The Pre-Credential Option allows students to qualify for a fifth-year credential program and is especially suited for students who want to teach history or social science in middle and high schools.

Required Core Courses (36 units):

HST 100 Study and Practice in History (4)

HST 101 History of World Civilization: Ancient Period (4)

HST 102 History of World Civilization: Middle Period (4)

HST 103 History of World Civilization: Modern Period (4)

HST 201 United States History (4)

HST 300 History Methods (4)

HST 390 History and Historians (4)

HST 461 Senior Thesis (4)

HST 462 Senior Thesis (4)

 

Additional Required Courses for Track Two/Pre-Credential Option:

HST 370 California History (4)

HST 463 Assessment Seminar (4)

 

Elective Core Courses: 32 units (12 units from the Areas Studies Series, 12 units from the European History Series and 8 units from the American History Series).

There are additional courses that could be counted for any of the series. Please consult your adviser to select the appropriate course.

Required Support Courses: (68 units) These support courses also fulfill General Education Requirements and introduce the student to the various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Unrestricted Electives (0-12 units): Students select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from "Required Support," "GE," and "Unrestricted Electives" is at least 136 units.

 

III. History Minor: The History Minor carries advantages associated with the History Major, yet can usually be completed without spending additional time at the University. The History Minor, which appears on the transcript, provides evidence of systematic study of humankind's past, exposure to a wide array of related human activities, and the ability to analyze and communicate the dynamics of complicated phenomena.  For prospective employers, completion of the History Minor suggests a candidate who possesses broader perspectives, greater cultural depth, and superior communication skills.

Required courses (12 units):

HST 101 History of World Civilization: Ancient Period (4)

HST 102 History of World Civilization: Middle Period (4)

HST 103 History of World Civilization: Modern Period (4)

Additional units in History (20 units, including at least 12 upper division): In consultation with the advisor students are encouraged to take a cluster of courses that corresponds to their interests and vocational goals.  Possibilities include US history, European history, non-Western areas, as well as special topics such as minorities in US history, modern world history, history of science and the environment.

 

IV. Latin American Studies Minor: 28 units are required for the minor, which may be taken by history majors.  Students are encouraged to have language competency in Spanish or Portuguese.

Required courses:

ANT 399 Cultural Areas of the World (Latin America) (4)

GEO 352 Geography of Latin America (4)

HST 335 Latin America: The Colonial Period (4)

HST 336 Latin America: The Era of Nation Building (4)

PLS 444 Comparative Latin American Government and Politics (4)

8 additional units selected from the following:

ANT 352 Development Anthropology (4)

PLS  454  U.S.-Latin American Relations (4)

HST 337 Latin America: Problems of the 20th Century (4)

HST 361 History of Brazil (4)

HST 362 Mexico to 1810 (4) or HST 363 Mexican History since 1810 (4)

SPN 351 Literature of Mexicon (4)

SPN 355 Spanish-American Literature (4)

MU  311 Music of Mexico (4)