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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, BA

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The History BA curriculum offered by the Department of History  is designed for those who wish a general liberal education, for those who want a broad foundation for any one of the social sciences, for those who desire advanced degrees in the field of history, and for those who wish to secure the teaching credential.

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 38
Major Requirements 52
University Electives 30
Total 120

Program Roadmaps

The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.

University Requirements

Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Core Lower Division General Education (33 units)

Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3, B4, or F must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with a major advisor for details.

Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all lower division GE requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.

Upper Division General Education (3 units)

Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.

American Institutions

Complete one major-specific 6 unit sequence of American Institutions (US123) courses, which also satisfies GE Area D. Students may also satisfy the American Institutions Requirement  with other courses, but the sequence listed below also fulfills major requirements.

U.S. History and Government

Physical Education (2 units)

All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses .

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

At SJSU, students must pass a Writing in the Disciplines (100W) course with a  grade of C or better (C- not accepted) to meet graduation requirements. For this major, the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  is satisfied by a course in the major.

Major Requirements (52 units)

Lower Division Major Requirements (15 units)

Complete One Sequence From:

Complete One Sequence From:

US History

6 units of the GE requirement can be fulfilled by choosing the HIST 15  and POLS 15  courses among the major requirement.

Upper Division Major Requirements (37 units)

Students who fulfill SJSU Studies Area S with HIST 185  or HIST 188  and/or SJSU Studies Area V with HIST 136 HIST 153  or HIST 155  may need additional upper-division courses to meet the minimum University graduation requirement of 40 upper-division units. Such students should take an additional upper-division History course.

  • 3 unit(s) (WID)
  • 4 unit(s)
  • Field of Study Courses 30 unit(s)
    Upper-division History courses are divided into 4 fields of study: Ancient & Medieval, Europe, United States, and World. 30 units of upper-division courses must include at least 1 course from each field, including at least 2 pre-1750 courses. Consult History advisor for details.


University Electives and/or Minor (30 units)

Minor recommended, but not required; consult history advisor.

Total Units Required (120 units)

A checklist of requirements is available in department office.

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