BA 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 for students who started their course of study 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.



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

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