Feb 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, BA

Courses offered under this program by the Department of History  are planned 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 48-50
University Electives 32-34
Total 120

University Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements  section of the Policies and Procedures .

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.

General Education/American Institution Requirements

Courses that meet General Education/American Institution requirements are noted with area designation for required area. For legend please see General Education Attributes .

University Requirements (38 units)

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 or B4 must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with 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

The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A /HUM 1B , HUM 2A /HUM 2B ) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.

Consult major advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.

Physical Education (2 units)

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.

Major Requirements (48-50 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 (33-35 units)

Students who fulfill SJSU Studies Area S with HIST 188  and/or SJSU Studies Area V with HIST 153  or HIST 155  will complete the major with 33 or 34 upper-division units and thus will 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 units (Z)
  • 4 units
  • Field of Study Courses 26-28 unit(s)
    Upper-division History courses are divided into 4 fields of study: Ancient & Medieval, Modern Europe, United States, and World. 25-28 units of upper-division courses must include 2 from one field, 2 courses from a second field, 1 course from a third field, and 2 from any field for a total of 7 courses. Among those 7 courses, students must select at least 2 Advanced Topics and at least 2 pre-1750 courses. Consult History advisor for details.


University Electives and/or Minor (32-34 units)

Minor recommended, but not required; consult history advisor.

Total Units Required (120 units)

A checklist of requirements is available in department office.