Subject Matter Program

Units required: 72

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.

Note: Students seeking to major in history and to achieve subject matter competency for a secondary teaching credential should complete the following History/Social Science Pre-Credential Program. Students should seek advising with a History advisor at the earliest opportunity.

Program Requirements

Required History Courses (39 Units) 1
Lower Division Courses
HIST 17AUnited States History, 1607-1877 3
HIST 17BUnited States History, 1877-Present 3
HIST 50World Civilizations, Beginnings-16003
HIST 51World Civilizations, 1600-Present3
Upper Division Seminar
HIST 100Introduction to Historical Skills (Recommended for second semester or sophomore year)3
Upper Division Courses
HIST 133Twentieth-Century World History3
HIST 183BCalifornia History, 1860-19703
U.S. History
Select one of the following:3
20th Century United States, 1890-1940
20th Century United States, 1941-Present
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
History of US Foreign Relations
The United States in Vietnam, 1940-1975
The American Vision
Social History of the United States
The City in US History
History of American Capitalism
American Environmental History
Popular Culture
Hollywood and America
History of Religion in the United States
American Immigration History
American Legal History
American West
American Labor History
Pre-20th Century U.S. History
Select one of the following:3
Colonial America
The Age of the American Revolution
Young Republic, 1790-1840
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1840-1890
California History, 1542-1860
World (Non-U.S.) History
Select one of the following:3
Mediterranean Europe: From the Renaissance to the European Union
Great Ages and Issues in Modern European History
The Renaissance and Reformation in Europe
Europe, 1648-1815, The Age of Revolution
Europe, 1815-1914
World War I: Causes, Conduct, Consequences
World War II: Causes, Conduct, Consequences
Europe Since 1945
Democracy and Human Rights in the Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon
The Crusades
Modern Germany, 1806-Present
British History, 1714-Present
Imperial Russia
Twentieth Century Russia
The Fall Of Communism
The Rise and Fall of European Colonial Empires
History Of Mexico To 1910
Revolutionary and Modern Mexico
Colonial Latin America
Modern and Contemporary Latin America
History of Africa Since 1800
Middle Eastern History to 1800
The Modern Middle East
Indonesia, 1965: Context, Causes, and Consequences of Cold War Mass Murder
South Asian History & Civilization
Cultural History of Japan to 1800
Modern Japan, 1800-present
China: Antiquity to 1600 AD
China, 1600 to Present
The Making of Modern Southeast Asia
History of International Relations in the 20th Century
Women/Ethnic History
Select one of the following:3
History of Women in Western Civilization, Prehistory-Middle Ages
History of Women in Western Civilization, Renaissance-Present
History of Women in Africa
History of American Women
The History of the Civil Rights Movement: From Reconstruction to Deconstruction, 1865-Present
Sex, Population, and Birth Control in America
The African-American Experience, 1603-Present
Mexican-American History
California Indian History
Required Seminar
HIST 191Seminar in Historical Interpretation and Analysis3
Interdisciplinary Seminar Course
HIST 198Summative Assessment for Teachers3
Additional Requirements Outside History (33 Units) 2
Early Field Experience
EDUC 170Bilingual Education: Introduction to Educating English Learners3
ECON 1AIntroduction to Macroeconomic Analysis3
ECON 1BIntroduction to Microeconomic Analysis3
ECON 113Economic History of the United States3
Ethical Perspective
Select one of the following:3
HRS 140
Ethics and Personal Values
Ethics and Social Issues
GEOG 100Themes In World Geography3
GEOG 121United States and Canada3
GOVT 1Essentials Of Government3
or GOVT 150 American Governments
GOVT 35World Politics3
GOVT 180California State and Local Government3
Pluralism in American Society
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Diversity
Ethnic America
Politics of the Underrepresented
Ethnic and Race Relations
Total Units72

These courses should be listed on the student's graduation petition.


These courses are part of the History/Social Science Subject Matter Program. Many may be double counted for General Education credit. They are not normally listed on the student's graduation petition.