Undergraduate Program

The Department of History offers both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in History. Historians pay close attention to issues of difference, context and process. Since everything and everybody has a history, historians are naturally inclined toward interdisciplinary work that can lead to careers as: teachers and professors; archivists, librarians, information scientists and museum curators; writers, journalists and publishers; associates and executives in businesses that require exceptional research, writing and people skills; administrators in many different fields; legal professionals, law enforcement officers and government officials; charity and volunteer organizers; and politicians and international diplomats.

For a list of all courses offered by the History department, please visit the CSUF Course Catalog.Opens in new window
For the Academic Roadmap for all Undergrate programs, please visit the Academic Roadmap page.

History Major Information

The Bachelor of Arts in History is designed to provide a systematic study of the human past in order to discover meaning for people in the present. Specifically, the program provides students with the opportunity to carry out research and discuss their results in a logical and appealing manner. The Bachelor of Arts in History requires 45 units in the major. A “C” (2.0) or better is required in all history courses applied towards degree.

For a list of all courses offered this term, please download the History Major Requirements "Green Sheet"PDF File . To track your own courses toward the History major, please use the Major Self-Advising Form "Yellow Sheet"PDF File .

Introductory Survey Courses (12 units)

  • World Civilization (6 units)
    • HIST 110A - World Civilizations to the 16th Century (3)
    • HIST 110B - World Civilizations Since the 16th Century (3)
  • U.S. History (6 units)
    • HIST 170A - United States to 1877 (3)
    • HIST 170B - United States Since 1877 (3)
AP Credit: If you receive AP credit for U.S. History, you must take HIST 170A or HIST 170B.
Replacing HIST 170 with HIST 180 or HIST 190: Either HIST 180 - Survey of American History (3) or HIST 190 - Survey of American History with Emphasis on Ethnic Minorities (3) may be taken in place of HIST 170A or HIST 170B, but HIST 180 and HIST 190 cannot replace both HIST 170 courses.

Intermediate Requirements (30 units)

  • Historical Thinking (3 units)
    • HIST 300A - Historical Thinking (3)
  • Historical Writing (3 units)
    • HIST 300B - Historical Writing (3)
  • Two Upper-Division History Electives (6)
    • At least 6 units in three of the following fields: World/Comparative History, United States History, European History, Non-Western History (18 units)

Advanced Requirements (3 units)

  • Senior Research Seminar (3 units)
    • HIST 490T - Senior Research Seminar (3)



A Minor in History is an excellent complement to any major. Studying history gives one a broader perspective on the global context within which we all live and work, develops skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, interpretation and communication that will be needed to succeed in today’s (and tomorrow’s) careers and helps put one’s life–and those of others–in historical context. The degree also cultivates knowledge of the U.S. and the world in greater depth and breadth. The Minor in History requires 15 units in the major. A “C” (2.0) or better is required in all history courses applied towards degree.


To track your courses toward the History minor, please use the Minor Self-Advising SheetPDF File .

Lower Division Requirements (6 units)

  • At least 6 units (typically 2 classes) in 100 or 200 level courses.
  • A list of all History 100 and 200 courses can be found on the CSUF CatalogOpens in new window . Most History 100 courses are taught every term. To be certain your courses reflect your interests, please contact the undergraduate advisor.


Upper Division Requiremnts (9 units)

  • At least 9 units (typically 3 classes) in 300 or 400 level courses.
  • A list of all History 300 and 400 courses can be found on the CSUF Catalog.Opens in new window  To be certain your courses reflect your interests, please contact the undergraduate advisor.
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