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The Bachelor of Arts in History requires students to take 10 courses (40 units).
All majors are required to complete HIST 201 , Approaches to History. It is recommended that students complete HIST 201 early in their course of study.
Three additional lower-division geographic survey courses are required and must include at least one 100-level course and one 200-level course. Majors must complete a lower-division course in each of the following geographic distributions: Asia and Eurasia, Europe, and North and Latin America. The Department of History will accept scores of 4 or 5 on either Advanced Placement European History or Advanced Placement American History as a substitute for one geographic survey course requirement at the 100-level.
Six upper division courses are required, of which at least two must be a 400-level seminar. A minimum of three courses, one of which must be a 400-level seminar, must pertain to a thematic, temporal or geographic concentration, which must be approved by a faculty adviser. No more than 4 units of HIST 490 Directed Research may be counted as satisfying the upper-division seminar requirement.
Temporal Breadth Requirements:
For temporal breadth, at least one of the 10 required courses must be taken from approved course work in each of the three following time periods: before 1300, 1300-1800 and 1800-present. Students may refer to the department Website, STARS Report, and/or faculty or staff adviser to assist with determining the courses that meet these requirements.