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The Bachelor of Arts in History

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree: 120 units

See “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

The department has prepared a suggested Four Year Advising Plan to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See “General Education Requirements” in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See “Cultural Diversity” in The University Catalog. Most courses used to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the “American Institutions Requirement” under “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.” This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 050 and POLS 055. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See “Mathematics and Writing Requirements” in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 39-60 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 15 units

4 courses required:

HIST    001A    History of Western Civilization    3.0    FS *

HIST    001B    History of Western Civilization    3.0    FS *

HIST    001C    Modern World History    3.0    FS *

HIST    290    Seminar: Interpreting History    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

1 course selected from:

HIST    190    Proseminar: Comparative History    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: HIST 001A; HIST 001B; HIST 001C; and 3 units of upper-division history.

HIST    190E    Comparative Religious Histories    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: HIST 001A; HIST 001B; HIST 001C; and 3 units of upper-division history.

NOTE: Students following the Social Science Credential Option are required to take HIST 190E.

Major Option Course Requirements: 24-45 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE GENERAL HISTORY OPTION: 24 units

Classical and Near-Eastern History

1 course selected from:

Ancient World

HIST    101    Ancient Mysteries    3.0    FS

HIST    102    Ancient Civilizatons    3.0    FA

HIST    200A    Ancient Greece    3.0    F1

HIST    200B    Classical Greece    3.0    F2

HIST    201    The Age of Alexander    3.0    Inq

HIST    202    Legacy of Alexander    3.0    Inq

HIST    204A    Rise of Rome    3.0    S2

HIST    204B    Roman Empire    3.0    S1

HIST    205    Decline of Rome    3.0    Inq

HIST    206    Byzantine Civilization    3.0    Inq

Near and Middle East

HIST    162    Islamic Religion    3.0    FA *NW

This course is the same as MEST 162 and R S 111 which may be substituted.

HIST    164    Middle East: Society/Culture    3.0    SP *NW

This course is the same as MEST 155 which may be substituted.

HIST    169    Cultural Iden and Global Issues    3.0    FS

This course is the same as INST 169 which may be substituted.

HIST    260    Ancient Near East    3.0    Inq

HIST    261    Ancient Egypt    3.0    Inq

HIST    262    Islamic Civilization    3.0    FA

This course is the same as MEST 262 which may be substituted.

HIST    264    Modern Middle East    3.0    SP

This course is the same as MEST 264 which may be substituted.

HIST    266    Arab-Israeli Conflict    3.0    SP

This course is the same as MEST 266 which may be substituted.

European History

1 course selected from:

HIST    110    Medieval & Early Modern Civ    3.0    SP

HIST    113    Catastrophes & Human History    3.0    SP *

HIST    115A    Technology to 1750    3.0    F1

HIST    115B    Technology Since 1700    3.0    S2

HIST    118    History of the Second World War    3.0    Inq

HIST    120    Modern European Thought/Culture    3.0    SP *

HIST    210    Medieval Civilization: 750-1400    3.0    F1

HIST    211    Renaissance Civ: 1300-1550    3.0    S2

HIST    212    Reform/Early Mod Eur: 1400-1660    3.0    F2

HIST    213    Cult/Soc/Pol Europe: 1500-1750    3.0    S1

HIST    214    Absolutism to Revoltn, 1660-1815    3.0    FA

HIST    215    European Century: 1815-1914    3.0    SP

HIST    216    Contem Europe: 1914-Present    3.0    FA

HIST    220A    Modern Russian History    3.0    FA

HIST    220B    Russian and Soviet History    3.0    SP

HIST    221    Balkan History    3.0    FA

HIST    223A    Tudor-Stuart Britain: 1485-1688    3.0    F2

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

HIST    223B    Modern Britain Since 1688    3.0    S1

HIST    224    British Empire    3.0    Inq

HIST    225    Modern France    3.0    SP

HIST    227    Modern Spain    3.0    Inq

HIST    228    Modern Germany    3.0    SP

Non-Western History

1 course selected from:

HIST    110    Medieval & Early Modern Civ    3.0    SP

HIST    170A    African History    3.0    FA *NW

HIST    170B    African History    3.0    SP *NW

HIST    174A    East Asia Before 1800    3.0    FA *NW

HIST    174B    East Asia After 1800    3.0    SP *NW

HIST    175    Pacific Tradition/Transform    3.0    FA *NW

This course is the same as INST 100 which may be substituted.

HIST    178    Chinese Women and Social History    3.0    SP NW

HIST    179    Southeast Asian History/Culture    3.0    SP

HIST    180A    Colonial Latin America    3.0    FA *NW

HIST    180B    Modern Latin America    3.0    SP *NW

HIST    182    Mexico: History and Politics    3.0    FS *NW

This course is the same as LAST 101 and LAST 101M which may be substituted.

HIST    224    British Empire    3.0    Inq

HIST    271    History of East/Central Africa    3.0    Inq

HIST    272    History of West Africa    3.0    Inq

HIST    273    History of South Africa    3.0    Inq NW

HIST    276    Modern China    3.0    FA NW

HIST    278    Modern Japan    3.0    SP NW

HIST    282    Social Revolution in Latin Amer    3.0    Inq

United States History

2 courses selected from:

HIST    230    Colonial America    3.0    FA

HIST    231    American Revolution    3.0    SP

HIST    232    Age of Jefferson and Jackson    3.0    FA

HIST    233    Civil War and Reconstruction    3.0    FA

HIST    234    Emergence of Modern America    3.0    FA

HIST    235    The US in Age of the World Wars    3.0    FA

HIST    236    Hiroshima to Watergate    3.0    SP

HIST    237    From Watergate to the Present    3.0    SP

HIST    240    American Thought and Character    3.0    Inq

This course is the same as AMST 240 which may be substituted.

HIST    242    American Social History    3.0    FA

HIST    244    History U.S. Foreign Relations    3.0    SP

HIST    252    Westward Movement    3.0    FA

HIST    254    History of California    3.0    FS

HIST    256    Issues Tech, Science, Medicine    3.0    S1

History Electives: 9 units

9 units selected from:

Any upper-division History (HIST) courses.

THE SOCIAL SCIENCE CREDENTIAL OPTION: 45 units

History: 21 units

3 courses required:

HIST    152    Education in America    3.0    FS

HIST    192    History & Soc Studies in Sec Sch    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: 9 units of history and concurrent enrollment in another history class.

HIST    254    History of California    3.0    FS

European History

1 course selected from:

HIST    110    Medieval & Early Modern Civ    3.0    SP

HIST    115A    Technology to 1750    3.0    F1

HIST    115B    Technology Since 1700    3.0    S2

HIST    118    History of the Second World War    3.0    Inq

HIST    120    Modern European Thought/Culture    3.0    SP *

HIST    210    Medieval Civilization: 750-1400    3.0    F1

HIST    211    Renaissance Civ: 1300-1550    3.0    S2

HIST    212    Reform/Early Mod Eur: 1400-1660    3.0    F2

HIST    213    Cult/Soc/Pol Europe: 1500-1750    3.0    S1

HIST    214    Absolutism to Revoltn, 1660-1815    3.0    FA

HIST    215    European Century: 1815-1914    3.0    SP

HIST    216    Contem Europe: 1914-Present    3.0    FA

HIST    220A    Modern Russian History    3.0    FA

HIST    220B    Russian and Soviet History    3.0    SP

HIST    221    Balkan History    3.0    FA

HIST    223A    Tudor-Stuart Britain: 1485-1688    3.0    F2

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

HIST    223B    Modern Britain Since 1688    3.0    S1

HIST    225    Modern France    3.0    SP

HIST    227    Modern Spain    3.0    Inq

HIST    228    Modern Germany    3.0    SP

Non-Western History

1 course selected from:

HIST    110    Medieval & Early Modern Civ    3.0    SP

HIST    170A    African History    3.0    FA *NW

HIST    170B    African History    3.0    SP *NW

HIST    174A    East Asia Before 1800    3.0    FA *NW

HIST    174B    East Asia After 1800    3.0    SP *NW

HIST    175    Pacific Tradition/Transform    3.0    FA *NW

This course is the same as INST 100 which may be substituted.

HIST    179    Southeast Asian History/Culture    3.0    SP

HIST    180A    Colonial Latin America    3.0    FA *NW

HIST    180B    Modern Latin America    3.0    SP *NW

HIST    182    Mexico: History and Politics    3.0    FS *NW

This course is the same as LAST 101 and LAST 101M which may be substituted.

HIST    224    British Empire    3.0    Inq

HIST    271    History of East/Central Africa    3.0    Inq

HIST    272    History of West Africa    3.0    Inq

HIST    273    History of South Africa    3.0    Inq NW

HIST    276    Modern China    3.0    FA NW

HIST    278    Modern Japan    3.0    SP NW

HIST    282    Social Revolution in Latin Amer    3.0    Inq

Near and Middle East

HIST    162    Islamic Religion    3.0    FA *NW

This course is the same as MEST 162 and R S 111 which may be substituted.

HIST    164    Middle East: Society/Culture    3.0    SP *NW

This course is the same as MEST 155 which may be substituted.

HIST    169    Cultural Iden and Global Issues    3.0    FS

This course is the same as INST 169 which may be substituted.

HIST    260    Ancient Near East    3.0    Inq

HIST    262    Islamic Civilization    3.0    FA

This course is the same as MEST 262 which may be substituted.

HIST    264    Modern Middle East    3.0    SP

This course is the same as MEST 264 which may be substituted.

HIST    266    Arab-Israeli Conflict    3.0    SP

This course is the same as MEST 266 which may be substituted.

United States History

2 courses selected from:

HIST    130    The American Indian    3.0    FS *Eth

This course is the same as AIST 130 which may be substituted.

HIST    131    African American History    3.0    FS *Eth

This course is the same as AFAM 131 which may be substituted.

HIST    134    American Ethnic Origins    3.0    FS *Eth

This course is the same as MCGS 134 which may be substituted.

HIST    135    Comparative Slavery    3.0    FS *Eth

This course is the same as AFAM 135 which may be substituted.

HIST    136    Women/Gender in Amer History    3.0    Inq *

This course is the same as WMST 136 which may be substituted.

HIST    137    Mexican Heritage to 1848    3.0    FA *Eth

This course is the same as CHST 137 which may be substituted.

HIST    138    Working in America    3.0    Inq

This course is the same as AMST 138 which may be substituted.

HIST    144    America’s Vietnam Experience    3.0    FA *

HIST    146    The United States in the Pacific    3.0    FA *

This course is the same as AAST 146 which may be substituted.

HIST    150    American Environment    3.0    SP *Eth

HIST    154    America in the 1960s    3.0    SP

HIST    155    Technology & Science in America    3.0    F2

This course is the same as AMST 155 which may be substituted.

HIST    230    Colonial America    3.0    FA

HIST    231    American Revolution    3.0    SP

HIST    232    Age of Jefferson and Jackson    3.0    FA

HIST    233    Civil War and Reconstruction    3.0    FA

HIST    234    Emergence of Modern America    3.0    FA

HIST    235    The US in Age of the World Wars    3.0    FA

HIST    236    Hiroshima to Watergate    3.0    SP

HIST    237    From Watergate to the Present    3.0    SP

HIST    240    American Thought and Character    3.0    Inq

This course is the same as AMST 240 which may be substituted.

HIST    242    American Social History    3.0    FA

HIST    244    History U.S. Foreign Relations    3.0    SP

HIST    252    Westward Movement    3.0    FA

HIST    256    Issues Tech, Science, Medicine    3.0    S1

Economics: 6 units

2 courses required:

ECON    002    Principles of Macro Analysis    3.0    FS *

ECON    003    Principles of Micro Analysis    3.0    FS *

Geography: 6 units

1 course required:

GEOG    001    Physical Geography    3.0    FS

1 course selected from:

GEOG    101    Global Economic Geography    3.0    FS NW

GEOG    103    Geography and World Affairs    3.0    FS *NW

Political Science: 6 units

1 course selected from:

POLS    202    State Government    3.0    FS

POLS    203    Local Government    3.0    FS

POLS    204    Interest Groups and Lobbying    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: POLS 202 and POLS 273 are recommended.

POLS    223    Political Parties    3.0    Inq

1 course selected from:

POLS    222    Politic Socialization/Behavior    3.0    SP

POLS    232    Recent Amer Political Thought    3.0    SP

POLS    251A    Found Amer Constitution Law    3.0    FA

POLS    251B    Civil Rights/Civil Liberties    3.0    FS

This course is the same as MCGS 251B which may be substituted.

Behavioral and Social Sciences: 6 units

2 courses selected from:

No more than 1 course may be selected from one department.

ANTH    013    Human Cultural Diversity    3.0    FS *NW

ANTH    016    Power and Scarcity    3.0    FS *NW

PSY    001A    Principles of Psych    3.0    FS *

PSY    041    Socio-Cultural Psy Development    3.0    FS *

This course is the same as PSY 141 which may be substituted.

OR     (the following course may be substituted for the above)

PSY    141    Socio-Cultural Psy Development    3.0    FS *

This course is the same as PSY 041 which may be substituted.

SOCI    001    Principles of Sociology    3.0    FS *

SOCI    154    Interethnic Contacts    3.0    FS *NW

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor’s degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program.
Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major.
It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (299H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department.
5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.

History and Economics Double Major

Students may elect a History and Economics double major. Up to 6 units of appropriate upper-division Economics (ECON) courses may be applied to the History major. Prior approval by a department adviser and the chair is required.

History and Geography Double Major

Students may elect a History and Geography double major. Up to 6 units of appropriate upper-division Geography (GEOG) courses may be applied to the History major. Prior approval by a department adviser and the chair is required.