Program Requirements


Starting Fall 2019 there will be two Undergraduate Program requirement paths. The new major which starts Fall 2019 and the Legacy major that is prior to Fall 2019.

If you started your program before Fall 2019 you may continue to use the Legacy option or you may switch to the new pattern.

There are updated planning forms available for both the traditional and the new Bachelors in History. We encourage you to come in and meet with an adviser. Students who get advising graduate on time. 

Legacy program Requirements


Bachelor of Arts, History Fall 2019 (39 units)

Planning Form B.A

Lower Division Requirements (12 Units):

History majors must take twelve lower division units in History.  Classes numbered 100-299, with the exception of History 107, can be counted towards this requirement.

Upper Division Requirements (27 units):

Required Courses (6 units)

History 300 GWAR with a grade of “C” or better. (3 units)

History 696 Seminar with a grade of “C” or better (3 units)

NOTE: Successful completion of History 300 GWAR is required before you can take History 600

Upper Division Electives (21 units)

The elective course of study must include:

· 3 Upper Division units of  “US History”

· 6 Upper Division units of “Area Studies” (No more than 3 of which may be European History)

· 3 Upper Division units of “Chronological Breadth”


A single course may be used to fulfill more than one of these requirements.  For example: HIST 604 Islamic World I: 500-1500 would count as an “Area Study” as well as fulfill the “Chronological Breadth” requirement. A full course listing including attributes is available on the department website (

History majors may not choose CR/NC grading in more than two history courses for their major, nor elect CR/NC grading in HIST 300 GW or their proseminar. With the approval of their advisor, students may use up to three units from other departments to count toward their history major.

General Education Requirement: Complimentary Studies (12 units)

History majors may fulfil the SFState Complimentary Study requirement in several different ways:

· Any completed minor.

Any combination of language and/or upper division courses which are complimentary to the study of history (examples include: Humanities, International Relations, Political Science, Philosophy, Cinema, English, Jewish Studies, Art, and many others). These units DO NOT need to be from a single discipline.


Historical Research (Honors) Certificate (12 Units)

The Historical Research Certificate provides majors in any discipline with a way to improve their research skills.  The Certificate will show up on transcripts as an independent course of study, and as such is open to  anyone earning a Bachelors degree at SFState.


For a student to be eligible for admission to the Certificate in Historical Research (Honors) program, they must meet the following requirements:

· Cumulative GPA of 3.25 

· Completion of 60 units 

· Acceptance of a thesis proposal by  faculty member in the History Department.

Required Courses (6 units):

History 697 Honors Thesis (3 units)

History 696 Seminar with a grade of “C” or better (3 units)

NOTE: Successful completion of History 300 GWAR is required before you can take History 600

Elective courses: (6 Upper Division Units)

Six units of upper division courses with a HIST prefix. May include additional History 696 Seminars,

but not independent study courses (HIST 699) or internships (HIST 698).

Students enrolled in the History BA program may count courses from that program towards the completion of the Historical Research (Honors) Certificate. Students enrolled in other majors may double count these courses in their major with the permission of their department.

Auxiliary skill

To complete the certificate, a student must demonstrate mastery of an auxiliary skill through one of the three following options:

· Two semester-length courses in college-level language with a grade of B or better, or

· Equivalent proficiency in a foreign language based on successful completion of an examination to be administered  by the Foreign Languages Department, or

· Two semester-length courses in auxiliary skills such as digital history/humanities, oral history, statistics, or others, by advisement.


History Minor (15 Units)

The History Minor provides an opportunity for students majoring in fields other than history to pursue a structured course of study in History and to have it reflected on their transcript through designation of history as a minor field of study.

Elective Courses (15 units)

The History Minor requires students take 15 units in History designated courses, no more than three units of lower division work may be counted towards the completion of the minor.

Please note, if you are interested in taking a History 696 Seminar, you must successfully complete the prerequisite: History 300 GWAR with a “C” or better.

History minors cannot choose CR/NC grading in more than one course in their minor.

All coursework used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.


All information can be found here in the Undergradaute Booklet as well!

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