BA in History

Units required for the Major: 42
Minimum total units required for the BA: 120

Program Description

History, in the broad sense, is the study of all human experience. It examines the people, institutions, ideas, and events from the past to the present. The study of history contributes to cultural literacy and develops critical thinking and other useful skills while helping students understand the present and plan for the future. Historical study provides a solid, fundamental preparation for careers in business, industry, government, and education. It also serves as excellent preparation for law school, foreign service, international work, urban affairs, historical consulting, and library science.

History is an academic discipline offering both breadth and focus. At Sacramento State, the History major includes four lower division survey courses and three upper division seminars. In addition, students choose seven upper division electives from a wide variety available. The flexibility of the major allows students to focus on topical areas such as: women's history, the history of particular geographic areas, cultural history, ethnic group history, economic history, military history, and history from the ancient world to that of the U.S. in the 20th Century. Teaching credential candidates should complete the History/Social Science Pre-credential Program.

Minimum Grade Requirement

A minimum grade of "C-" is required in courses applied to the major.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (12 Units)
HIST 17AUnited States History, 1607-1877 3
HIST 17BUnited States History, 1877-Present 3
Select one of the following sets:6
Survey of Early Western Civilization
Survey of Modern Western Civilization
World Civilizations, Beginnings-1600
World Civilizations, 1600-Present
Required Upper Division Seminars (9 Units) 1
HIST 100Introduction to Historical Skills3
Select one of the following:3
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of United States History
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of European History
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of African History
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Latin American History
Seminar in Recent Interpretations of a Special Topic
Select one of the following:3
Senior Research Seminar: United States History
Senior Research Seminar: World History
Senior Research Seminar: Public History
Upper Division Electives (21 Units)
Select one course in U.S. History3
Select one course in European History3
Select one course in the History of Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East3
Select four additional upper division history courses selected in consultation with an advisor12
Total Units42

Students should take HIST 100 in the second semester of their sophomore year; transfer students should take it in the first semester of their junior year after completion of at least 6 units of required lower division coursework. After completing the majority of their upper division electives and passing the Writing Placement for Juniors Exam, history majors should take one seminar from the HIST 192 series followed by one from the HIST 197 series. Typically, students take the HIST 197 seminar during their senior year.


  • Students should consult with a faculty advisor in their first semester at Sacramento State.
  • Study of a foreign language is recommended.
  • For substitutions in requirements, students should consult with a faculty advisor early in their program. Substitutions require the approval of the Department Chair.