Bachelor of Arts in History

Through historical inquiry, students will learn how to confront, contemplate, analyze, evaluate, and present their own assessments of the past. History majors at CSUSB don’t just read and write about history, but engage with the past in creative, practical, and innovative ways. In addition to community engagement, and through diverse course offerings that span different periods and places, students will not only gain a new understanding of their local and global communities, they will also be well prepared for a multitude of career opportunities, including, but not limited to, education, government, law, public history, business, and media.  Applying new and dynamic methods of history, our students learn vital skills that can be applied in the marketplace. 

Students majoring in the Bachelor of Arts in History are also eligible to receive honors in history at graduation if the following conditions are met:

  1. At least one-half of the course work required in the major is completed at this university;
  2. Earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 in the major, including courses for the major taken elsewhere;
  3. Earned an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better;
  4. Successful completion of HIST 5970, resulting in a thesis paper.

Applications for honors candidacy must be made by the beginning of the senior year. Approval of candidacy and of the honors project and project advisor rests with the department. The project advisor and one other faculty reader from the department will have the responsibility for evaluation of the completed thesis paper.

Requirements (48-54 units)

Total units required for Graduation: 120

Requirements for the B.A. in History

Core courses (18)
HIST 1400World History to c. 15003
or ANTH 1400 World History to c. 1500
HIST 1440World History from c.15003
HIST 2000United States History to 18773
HIST 2010United States History, 1877 to the Present3
HIST 5840Proseminar in History3
HIST 5850Research Seminar in History3
A minimum of three upper division units chosen from five of the following seven areas: (15)15
Ancient History
History of Ancient Greece
History of Rome
Ancient Egyptian Art
Culture and Society in Ancient Egypt
Ancient and Early Imperial China
Ancient Egyptian History, Origins to c. 1700 B.C.E.
Ancient Egyptian History, c. 1700 B.C.E. to 1000 B.C.E
Ancient Egypt, c. 1000 B.C.E. to 495 C.E.
History of Christianity I
African History
Ancient Egyptian Art
Culture and Society in Ancient Egypt
Africa to 1870
Africa 1870 to Present
The Rise, Decline and Legacy of Apartheid South Africa
Images of Africa
Gender and Development in Africa
History of Southern Africa
The History of Health and Medicine in Africa
Ancient Egyptian History, Origins to c. 1700 B.C.E.
Ancient Egyptian History, c. 1700 B.C.E. to 1000 B.C.E
Ancient Egypt, c. 1000 B.C.E. to 495 C.E.
Asian History
Ancient and Early Imperial China
Medieval China
Modern China I, 1644-1911
Modern China II, 1911-Present
Modern Chinese History in Fiction and Film
World War II in the Pacific
History of Modern East Asia
Mughal India and the Early Modern World
Modern India at the Crossroads of Empire
Gandhi: Life and Legacy
Media Cultures of the Indian Subcontinent
European History
Ancient and Medieval Europe to the Renaissance (required for students in the pre-credential concentration)
European History from the Renaissance to the Present (required for students in the pre-credential concentration)
History of Ancient Greece
History of Rome
Modern Ireland
Early Medieval Europe
High Medieval Europe
Renaissance and Reformation
The Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment
Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
European Intellectual History
Twentieth Century Europe
Hitler's Europe
History of Christianity II
Tudor and Stuart England
Britain, 1688-1901
Europe Since 1945
Studies in European National History
Latin American History
History of Modern Mexico
Modern Central America
Foreign Relations of Latin America
Latin American History Through Film
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Middle Eastern History
Classical Islamic Civilization
Modern Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Modern Iran
Topics in Modern Middle Eastern History
Nationalism and Conflict in the Middle East
U.S. Media and the Middle East
Iran-U.S. Relations
Politics of Oil
United States History
African-American History, 1620-1865
African-American History, 1865-Present
American Indian History
Women in U.S. History, 1607-Present
Women in the Black Freedom Movement
The American Colonies, 1607-1783
The Evolution of American Democracy, 1783-1840
Civil War and Reconstruction
The United States, 1877-1917
The United States, 1917-1945
United States in World War II
United States History, Cold War Era
American History Through Film
Chicana/o History Through Film
LGBT History
The United States, 1960s
History of California (required course in pre-credential concentration, does not count in the core for pre-credential students)
California Indian History
Chicana/o History
Early American Biography
20th Century Americans
Constitutional History of the United States
U.S. Citizenship and the Law
Foreign Relations of the United States
History of the American West
Gender, Sex, and Conquest in the American West
Chicana/Mexicana Feminisms
Immigration and Ethnic American History
History of the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands
Concentration (15-21)
Students must complete one of the concentrations listed below15-21
Total Units48-54

Concentrations (15-21)

General Concentration (15 units)

(Program Code: HSTG)

Fifteen additional units of upper division History courses which must fulfill an area of focus either in thematic interests, temporal, or geographic focus. Students will develop their area of focus in consultation with a faculty advisor. (15)15
Geographic Focus. History majors can choose areas such as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the United States.
Thematic Focus. History majors can trace themes such as cultural history, community engagement, political history, colonialism, gender, ethnicity/race, or class.
Temporal Focus. Students can study a single period such as the Middle Ages, or the Early Modern World (c1400-1800), or Modern World (1800-Present).
Total Units15

Pre-credential Concentration (21 units)

(Program Code: HSTP)

HIST 3700History of California3
Student must select 3 units from:3
The American Colonies, 1607-1783
The Evolution of American Democracy, 1783-1840
Civil War and Reconstruction
The United States, 1877-1917
The United States, 1917-1945
United States in World War II
United States History, Cold War Era
Constitutional History of the United States
Three units chosen from:3
African-American History, 1620-1865
African-American History, 1865-Present
American Indian History
Women in U.S. History, 1607-Present
Women in the Black Freedom Movement
LGBT History
California Indian History
Chicana/o History
Immigration and Ethnic American History
GEOG 1010Introduction to Human Geography3
ECON 2201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Macroeconomics3
HIST 3010Teaching History3
In order to satisfy the Single Subject Social Sciences CSET Waiver students are required to obtain advisory approval and complete HIST 5700
Total Units21