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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 22051) (SIMS Code: 113301)

Also Offered at SDSU Imperial Valley

All candidates for a degree in liberal arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” No more than 48 units in history courses can apply to the degree.

A minor is not required with this major.

Impacted Program

The history major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the history major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete with a minimum GPA of 2.20 and a grade of C (2.0) or better: HIST 100 HIST 101 , and six lower division units of history electives. These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.40 or better.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Preparation for the Major

(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 language other than English to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.


A minimum of 30 upper division units in history with at least nine units of 500-level history courses. Students must complete

Upper Division: Ancient Through Early Modern History

A minimum of three upper division units selected from courses on ancient through early modern history:

Additional Upper Division Units

All students must complete an additional 18 upper division units of electives in history. Students may complete one of the specializations below in partial fulfillment of the 18 unit requirement.

Up to six units from other departments may be applied to the history major upon written approval of the undergraduate adviser.

Specialization in History for Teachers

See undergraduate adviser in history for requirements to become a California history or social science teacher, to include recommended courses from other departments.

Nine units selected from

Specialization in Public Histories

Students who select the specialization in public histories must complete a history internship experience to be satisfied by completion of History 452 or an equivalent internship or volunteer experience.

Nine units selected from

Specialization in U.S. History

Fifteen units selected from

International Experience

Students who select the specialization in world history and global affairs must also complete an international experience to be satisfied by

  1. CSU study abroad program,
  2. an SDSU exchange program,
  3. an SDSU study abroad program, or
  4. an SDSU study travel program.

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