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Course Requirements

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A student majoring in history must take a minimum of 10 or 11 units, including an introductory course; at least 6 units at the 200-or 300-levels; HY399:  Junior Seminar; and a 2-block senior sequence.  Among the 6 elective units, students must satisfy the following: a course in US History (1 unit), the Time Distribution requirement (2 units) and the Geographic Distribution requirement (3 units).  The Department strongly recommends foreign language competence beyond the intermediate level.

Students must take:

  • Introductory Course: HY110 or a two-block History Course.
  • Minimum of 6 elective units at the 200-or 300-levels. Within these 6 units, students must satisfy the following departmental requirements:
  • US History requirement (1 unit)
  • Time Distribution (2 units): At least one unit addressing a period up through the eighteenth century and one unit addressing a period from the eighteenth century forward.  (Note:  units may also count toward geographic distribution.)
  • Geographic Distribution (3 units): At least one unit in three of the following six regions: Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia.  (Note:  units may also count toward period distribution.)
  • Junior Seminar: Studying History (HY 399).
  • Senior Sequence: HY410 Advanced Seminar and HY420 Senior Essay (2 units taken in consecutive blocks during the senior year). Students have the opportunity to write a Senior Theses in lieu of the Senior Essay.  This option requires departmental approval and a 3-unit Senior Sequence (HY410, HY430, HY 431). 

Students with a minimum G.P.A of 3.6 within the major may submit their Senior Essays or Senior Theses to be considered for distinction.