History, B.A.

Requirements

Department of History

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements - History Major

A grade of C or higher is required for all courses to be counted toward the major.

1. Major requirements (45 units)
Lower-division requirements: HIST 20, and HIST 21 (6 units)
Select two: HIST 3, HIST 5, HIST 6, HIST 7, HIST 8, HIST 9, HIST 13 (6 units)

Upper-division requirements:
HIST 100W and HIST 198 (6 units)
Select nine courses from the fields listed on this page (27 units)

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. History majors take HIST 100W to fulfill the Upper-Division Writing requirement. See advisor for details.

Advising Notes

  1. HIST 100W is required before enrollment in HIST 198 for all students with catalog year 2020-2021 to present.
  2. It is strongly recommended that history majors take both HIST 11 and 12.
  3. History majors are not permitted to take history courses by CR/NC grading.
  4. General Education and elective units may be used toward a double major or minor (see double major or departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
  5. Students who are planning to do graduate work in history are advised to take a foreign language and HIST 196 as an undergraduate in consultation with the History Department.
  6. All majors must take a total of 27 units from the three fields listed below, taking into account the following requirements:
    • Students must take a minimum of two courses (6 units) in each field.
    • Up to 3 units of HIST 190 may be applied toward the major.
    • HIST 190 may not be taken in lieu of a course offered by the department. Students should have taken courses in the appropriate field prior to taking HIST 190.
    • No more than 3 units of HIST 193 can be applied to any one field.

Fields
United States History: HIST 101, HIST 102T, HIST 146, HIST 153, HIST 156, HIST 158, HIST 159, HIST 170, HIST 171, HIST 172, HIST 173, HIST 174, HIST 175, HIST 177, HIST 178, HIST 179T, HIST 180, HIST 182, HIST 183, HIST 186, HIST 187, HIST 188, HIST 190, HIST 193i,HIST 194.

European History: HIST 103, HIST 104, HIST 111, HIST 112, HIST 116, HIST 117, HIST 118, HIST 119T, HIST 121, HIST 122, HIST 124T, HIST 125, HIST 126, HIST 127, HIST 129T, HIST 130, HIST 131, HIST 132, HIST 133, HIST 134, HIST 135, HIST 139, HIST 140, HIST 141, HIST 142, HIST 143, HIST 144, HIST 145, HIST 149T, HIST 150, HIST 151, HIST 152, HIST 181, HIST 190, HIST 193i.

World Regions: HIST 102T, HIST 105, HIST 106, HIST 107, HIST 108A, HIST 108B, HIST 109T, HIST 110, HIST 114, HIST 115, HIST 157, HIST 160, HIST 161, HIST 162, HIST 164, HIST 165, HIST 166, HIST 167, HIST 168, HIST 169T, HIST 176, HIST 190, HIST 191, HIST 192, HIST 193i, HIST 199T.

Faculty

The Department of History has more than 15 faculty members offering a wide variety of courses in the history of Europe, the United States, Latin America, the British Empire, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East, as well as courses in intellectual and cultural history, social history, military history, and the history of women.

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
The faculty pages are updated by the department or program.

Roadmap

Bachelor of Arts in History

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

Please note: Roadmaps are not a guarantee of course availability.

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Careers

history books

History is also one of the broadest and most universal of the humanities. Just as the personalities of individuals are shaped through the totality of their past experiences, so cultures and institutions also develop in time. The study of history can help students understand themselves and their culture better and develop a more tolerant and humane spirit toward others. In this way, as in so many others, a knowledge of the past can help all of us meet the problems of today with greater under standing and compassion.

History majors are trained to read with comprehension and to compare and analyze both written and oral material. In addition they must know how to evaluate evidence and sources, how to critique the writing of others, and how to do research and writing on their own.

The Department of History has more than 15 faculty members offering a wide variety of courses in the history of Europe, the United States, Latin America, the British Empire, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East, as well as courses in intellectual and cultural history, social history, military history, and the history of women.

What You Can Earn

Public School Teacher
$52,085 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data from Salary.com as of December 2012

What You Can Do

Prepare for careers in:

  • law
  • government service
  • librarianship
  • journalism
  • publishing
  • public relations
  • social services
  • urban planning
  • foreign service
  • insurance
  • marketing
  • advertising

What You Can Learn

  • Medieval life and culture such as warfare, commerce, art and architecture, and learning
  • Review of theory and characteristics of genocide
  • Significant events from the end of the Civil War to the present
  • Economic, political and social development in world history from the earliest times to the modern period (1500).

About the College

The College of Social Sciences studies the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet.

We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.

Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.

College Contact Information

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Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664

Address:
5340 N. Campus Drive MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Department Contact Information

Department of History
5340 N. Campus Drive M/S SS21
Fresno CA 93740

Phone: (559) 278-2153 | FAX: (559) 278-5321