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Old Major (for students declaring their major by Spring 2020)

Preparation for the Major

History 100, 101, and six units selected from History 105, 106, 109, 110. (12 units) These prerequisite courses may not be taken Cr/NC and must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.20 and a grade of C (2.0) or better in each class.

Language Requirement

Students will be required to successfully complete the third college semester or fifth college quarter or four years of high school in one foreign language to fulfill the graduation requirement.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Completing History 390W or another approved upper division writing course (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. This requirement is a prerequisite for enrolling in History 400 and the two 400 level seminars.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 30 upper division units in history to include History 400 (three units) and three units from History 450, 451, or 452.  It is also important that you work diligently with your History 400 professor to pass the course with a C or better. Failing to pass that course will require you to repeat it before completing your final capstone requirement (450, 452 or 452) which will likely delay your graduation. In addition, 24 upper division units in history must be completed from the following fields, with a completion of eight, not six, classes in the A, B, and C categories. There is a minimum requirement of two classes in each category, but completing ONLY two of each will leave you short. 

Six units selected from History 402, 406, 422 [or Asian Studies 422], 435, 436, 440, 441, 442, 486, 488, 495, 496, 499, 500, 514, 516, 527, 548 [or Chicana and Chicano Studies 548], 580, 581, 582, 583, 584, 586, 596.
Six units selected from History 407, 411, 415 [or Latin American Studies 415], 420, 473, 496, 499, 501, 502, 503, 504 [or Humanities 504], 505, 506 [or Humanities 506], 507 [or Religious Studies 507], 508, 528, 532, 550, 566.
Six units selected from History 408, 410, 412, 416, 418, 421 [or Asian Studies 421], 445, 474, 496, 499, 509, 512A, 512B, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 539, 540, 544A, 544B, 545, 551, 556 [or Latin American Studies 556], 557, 558, 567, 570, 574, 585.

Said differently, students will take 8 courses total, at least 6 or more units in each area (A, B, and C), to total 24 units. In addition, at least one of these area courses (three of the 24 units) must cover a non-western region (see degree requirements below).

The non-western courses include:

History 420,421 [or Asian Studies 421], 473, 474, 501, 566, 567, 570. Students may also fulfill this requirement by taking the following topics courses with the approval of the undergraduate adviser: History 500, 580, 583, 586.

Finally, as you prepare to register for upper-division work, look for mostly 500-level classes. You need five total. You also need to take 400 and 450, 451 and 452. That leaves room for only three 400-level A, B, or C courses. Some students take an abundance of 400-level courses only to find themselves unable to graduate because of the missing 15 units at the 500-level requirement.

At least 15 upper division units must be at the 500-level.

Up to six units from other departments may be applied to the history major upon written approval of the undergraduate adviser. Up to six units of study abroad history courses may be applied to the history major upon prior written approval of the undergraduate adviser. It is the student’s obligation to determine which courses fulfill his/her field requirements.

Major Academic Plan

The Major Academic Plan (MAP) will help you identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement. It will also suggest sequencing to ensure that you complete prerequisites for an upper-division course prior to taking the higher-level course. Visit the SDSU Major Academic Plan website.

See our Courses page for more information.

Program Learning Goals and Degree Learning Outcomes

PLG 1: Breadth and Depth of Historical Knowledge
To produce bachelors of arts in History who have a general knowledge of world history and advanced knowledge of two or more regions of the world, and who have an in-depth understanding of a variety of historical themes, problems, and periods

PLG 2: Analysis and Interpretation of Source Material
To produce bachelors of arts in History who show an ability to analyze and interpret primary sources, to handle and evaluate diverse interpretations of events, and to formulate causes and consequences of change as well as explanations of continuity.

PLG 3: Engagement in, and Production of, Critical Scholarship
To produce bachelors of arts in History who can engage in serious scholarship and have knowledge of various schools of history and modes of analysis

PLG 4: Application of History Degree/Skills in Future Endeavors
To produce bachelors of arts in History who can transfer the skills and knowledge they learn as students of history to their future professions, community life, and personal endeavors.

DLO 1 Historiography
The student understands the principal debates of scholars in their interpretation of the past and how/why scholars have developed these interpretations.

DLO 2 Historical Relationships and Causation
The student understands historical relationships, including cause-and-effect and other forces (such as political, social, economic, cultural, intellectual and environmental developments) that affect continuity and change.

DLO 3 Diversity (Cultural, Ethnic, Etc.)
The student recognizes diverse cultures and groups, including racial and ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups.

DLO 4 Primary/Secondary Source Analysis
The student has the ability to interrogate primary and secondary sources within their historical contexts.

DLO 5 Historical Argumentation (Oral and Written) 
The student is able to argue, both in writing and speaking, in a style used by professional historians, using appropriate evidence and critical thinking.

DLO 6 Application of Historical Methods
The student uses interpretive tools such as historical empathy, interdisciplinary discourse, and comparative models in order to "do history" as an evidence-based interpretation of past human events, not a mere listing of names and events.

DLO 7 Humanities GE
Students in History general education courses, both foundations and explorations, achieve the humanities-specific goals of the GE: analysis of written texts; communication of value systems over time; argue from multiple perspectives; and complex approach and questions.