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.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor 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 taken 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 130 and POLS 155. 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 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 42-64 units

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

Major Core Program: 21 units

7 courses required:

HIST 101 Ancient Civilizations 3.0 FS
HIST 102 Medieval & Early Modern Civ 3.0 FS
HIST 103 The Modern World 3.0 FS *
HIST 110 European Civilization 3.0 FS *
HIST 290 Historical Methodology 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 and at least two 100-level history courses with a grade of C- or higher.
HIST 295 Technology for Historians 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: HIST 290.
HIST 490 Sem: Historical Res/Writing 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, HIST 290, HIST 295, and senior status.

Major Option Course Requirements: 21-43 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: 21 units

Classical and Near-Eastern History

1 course selected from:

Ancient World

HIST 300 Ancient Mysteries 3.0 FS
HIST 400 Ancient Greece 3.0 F1
HIST 401 Classical Greece 3.0 F2
HIST 402 The Age of Alexander 3.0 Inq
HIST 403 Legacy of Alexander 3.0 Inq
HIST 404 Rise of Rome 3.0 Inq
HIST 405 Caesar & Augustus 3.0 Inq
HIST 406 Roman Empire 3.0 S1
HIST 407 Decline of Rome 3.0 Inq
HIST 408 Byzantine Civilization 3.0 Inq

Near and Middle East

HIST 261 Islam 3.0 FS * NW

This course is also offered as MEST 261, and RELS 202.

HIST 362 Middle East: Society/Culture 3.0 SP * NW

This course is also offered as MEST 362.

HIST 460 Ancient Near East 3.0 Inq
HIST 461 Early Egypt 3.0 Inq
HIST 463 Islamic Civilization 3.0 FA

This course is also offered as MEST 463.

HIST 464 The Modern Middle East 3.0 SP

This course is also offered as MEST 464.

HIST 466 The Arab-Israeli Conflict 3.0 SP

This course is also offered as MEST 466.

European History

1 course selected from:

HIST 305 Catastrophes & Human History 3.0 SP *
HIST 310 Technology to 1750 3.0 F1
HIST 311 Technology Since 1700 3.0 S2
HIST 321 Hist of the Second World War 3.0 Inq
HIST 325 Mod European Thought/Culture 3.0 SP
HIST 326 Modern European Women's Hist 3.0 SP

This course is also offered as WMST 326.

HIST 410 Medieval Civ: 750-1400 3.0 F1
HIST 411 Renaissance Civ: 1300-1550 3.0 S2
HIST 412 Reform/Early Mod Eur:1400-1660 3.0 F2
HIST 413 Cult/Soc/Pol Europe: 1500-1750 3.0 S1
HIST 414 Absolutism to Revolt:1660-1815 3.0 FA
HIST 415 European Century: 1815-1914 3.0 SP
HIST 416 Contem Europe: 1914-Present 3.0 FA
HIST 420 Modern Russian History 3.0 FA
HIST 421 Russian and Soviet History 3.0 SP
HIST 422 Balkan History 3.0 FA
HIST 423 Tudor-Stuart Brit: 1485-1688 3.0 FA
HIST 424 Modern Britain Since 1688 3.0 SP
HIST 425 British Empire 3.0 Inq
HIST 426 Modern France 3.0 SP
HIST 427 Modern Spain 3.0 Inq
HIST 428 Modern Germany 3.0 SP

Non-Western History

1 course selected from:

HIST 370 African History Before 1800 3.0 FA * NW
HIST 371 African History After 1800 3.0 SP * NW
HIST 372 History of South Africa 3.0 Inq NW
HIST 373 East Asia Before 1800 3.0 FA * NW
HIST 374 East Asia After 1800 3.0 SP * NW
HIST 378 Chinese Women & Social History 3.0 SP NW
HIST 379 SE Asian History/Culture 3.0 SP
HIST 380 Colonial Latin America 3.0 FA * NW
HIST 381 Modern Latin America 3.0 SP * NW
HIST 382 Mexico: History and Politics 3.0 FS * NW

This course is also offered as LAST 350.

HIST 425 British Empire 3.0 Inq
HIST 470 History of East/Central Africa 3.0 Inq
HIST 471 History of West Africa 3.0 Inq
HIST 475 Modern China 3.0 FA NW
HIST 476 Modern Japan 3.0 SP NW
HIST 480 Social Revoltn in Latin Amer 3.0 Inq

United States History

2 courses selected from:

HIST 430 Colonial America 3.0 FA
HIST 431 American Revolution 3.0 SP
HIST 432 Age of Jefferson and Jackson 3.0 FA
HIST 433 Civil War and Reconstruction 3.0 FA
HIST 434 Emergence of Modern America 3.0 FA
HIST 435 The US in Age of the Wrld Wars 3.0 FA
HIST 436 Hiroshima to Watergate 3.0 SP
HIST 437 From Watergate to the Present 3.0 SP
HIST 440 American Thought and Character 3.0 Inq

This course is also offered as AMST 440.

HIST 441 American Social History 3.0 FA
HIST 442 Westward Movement 3.0 FA
HIST 445 History of California 3.0 FS
HIST 446 History of American South 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: HIST 130.
HIST 450 U.S. Foreign Rel to 1914 3.0 FA
HIST 451 U.S. Foreign Rel Since 1914 3.0 SP
HIST 455 Issues Tech, Science, Medicine 3.0 S1

History Electives: 6 units

6 units selected from:

Any upper-division History (HIST) courses.

The Social Science Credential Option: 43 units

History: 22 units

3 courses required:

HIST 392 Hist & Soc Sci Second Schools 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: 9 units of history and concurrent enrollment in another history class.
HIST 445 History of California 3.0 FS
HIST 495 Portfolio Evaluation 1.0 FS
Prerequisites: Senior standing.

1 course selected from:

HIST 307 Comparative Religious Hist 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 103, and 3 units of upper-division history.
RELS 358 Rel in Amer Public Schools 3.0 FS

European History

1 course selected from:

HIST 305 Catastrophes & Human History 3.0 SP *
HIST 310 Technology to 1750 3.0 F1
HIST 311 Technology Since 1700 3.0 S2
HIST 321 Hist of the Second World War 3.0 Inq
HIST 325 Mod European Thought/Culture 3.0 SP
HIST 326 Modern European Women's Hist 3.0 SP

This course is also offered as WMST 326.

HIST 400 Ancient Greece 3.0 F1
HIST 401 Classical Greece 3.0 F2
HIST 402 The Age of Alexander 3.0 Inq
HIST 403 Legacy of Alexander 3.0 Inq
HIST 404 Rise of Rome 3.0 Inq
HIST 405 Caesar & Augustus 3.0 Inq
HIST 406 Roman Empire 3.0 S1
HIST 407 Decline of Rome 3.0 Inq
HIST 408 Byzantine Civilization 3.0 Inq
HIST 410 Medieval Civ: 750-1400 3.0 F1
HIST 411 Renaissance Civ: 1300-1550 3.0 S2
HIST 412 Reform/Early Mod Eur:1400-1660 3.0 F2
HIST 413 Cult/Soc/Pol Europe: 1500-1750 3.0 S1
HIST 414 Absolutism to Revolt:1660-1815 3.0 FA
HIST 415 European Century: 1815-1914 3.0 SP
HIST 416 Contem Europe: 1914-Present 3.0 FA
HIST 420 Modern Russian History 3.0 FA
HIST 421 Russian and Soviet History 3.0 SP
HIST 422 Balkan History 3.0 FA
HIST 423 Tudor-Stuart Brit: 1485-1688 3.0 FA
HIST 424 Modern Britain Since 1688 3.0 SP
HIST 426 Modern France 3.0 SP
HIST 427 Modern Spain 3.0 Inq
HIST 428 Modern Germany 3.0 SP

Non-Western History

1 course selected from:

HIST 370 African History Before 1800 3.0 FA * NW
HIST 371 African History After 1800 3.0 SP * NW
HIST 372 History of South Africa 3.0 Inq NW
HIST 373 East Asia Before 1800 3.0 FA * NW
HIST 374 East Asia After 1800 3.0 SP * NW
HIST 378 Chinese Women & Social History 3.0 SP NW
HIST 379 SE Asian History/Culture 3.0 SP
HIST 380 Colonial Latin America 3.0 FA * NW
HIST 381 Modern Latin America 3.0 SP * NW
HIST 382 Mexico: History and Politics 3.0 FS * NW

This course is also offered as LAST 350.

HIST 425 British Empire 3.0 Inq
HIST 470 History of East/Central Africa 3.0 Inq
HIST 471 History of West Africa 3.0 Inq
HIST 475 Modern China 3.0 FA NW
HIST 476 Modern Japan 3.0 SP NW
HIST 480 Social Revoltn in Latin Amer 3.0 Inq

Near and Middle East

HIST 261 Islam 3.0 FS * NW

This course is also offered as MEST 261, and RELS 202.

HIST 362 Middle East: Society/Culture 3.0 SP * NW

This course is also offered as MEST 362.

HIST 460 Ancient Near East 3.0 Inq
HIST 461 Early Egypt 3.0 Inq
HIST 463 Islamic Civilization 3.0 FA

This course is also offered as MEST 463.

HIST 464 The Modern Middle East 3.0 SP

This course is also offered as MEST 464.

HIST 466 The Arab-Israeli Conflict 3.0 SP

This course is also offered as MEST 466.

United States History

1 course selected from:

HIST 206 Comparative Slavery 3.0 FS * Eth

This course is also offered as AFAM 206.

HIST 230 The American Indian 3.0 FS * Eth

This course is also offered as AIST 230.

HIST 234 Mexican Heritage to 1848 3.0 FA * Eth

This course is also offered as CHST 234.

HIST 332 American Ethnic Origins 3.0 FS * Eth

This course is also offered as MCGS 332.

HIST 340 Working in America 3.0 Inq

This course is also offered as AMST 340.

HIST 431 American Revolution 3.0 SP
HIST 432 Age of Jefferson and Jackson 3.0 FA
HIST 433 Civil War and Reconstruction 3.0 FA
HIST 434 Emergence of Modern America 3.0 FA
HIST 442 Westward Movement 3.0 FA
HIST 446 History of American South 3.0 Inq
Prerequisites: HIST 130.
HIST 450 U.S. Foreign Rel to 1914 3.0 FA

1 course selected from:

HIST 231 African American History 3.0 FS * Eth

This course is also offered as AFAM 231.

HIST 335 Women/Gender in Amer History 3.0 Inq *

This course is also offered as WMST 335.

HIST 341 American Environment 3.0 FS * Eth
HIST 342 Education in America 3.0 FS
HIST 343 Technology & Sci in America 3.0 F2

This course is also offered as AMST 343.

HIST 350 America's Vietnam Experience 3.0 FA *
HIST 351 America in the 1960s 3.0 SP
HIST 435 The US in Age of the Wrld Wars 3.0 FA
HIST 436 Hiroshima to Watergate 3.0 SP
HIST 437 From Watergate to the Present 3.0 SP
HIST 440 American Thought and Character 3.0 Inq

This course is also offered as AMST 440.

HIST 441 American Social History 3.0 FA
HIST 451 U.S. Foreign Rel Since 1914 3.0 SP
HIST 455 Issues Tech, Science, Medicine 3.0 S1

Economics: 6 units

2 courses required:

ECON 102 Principles of Macro Analysis 3.0 FS *
ECON 103 Principles of Micro Analysis 3.0 FS *

Geography: 6 units

1 course selected from:

GEOG 352 The United States 3.0 FA *
GEOG 435 Historical Geog of North Amer 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is also offered as AMST 435.

1 course selected from:

GEOG 301 Global Economic Geography 3.0 SP NW
GEOG 303 Geography and World Affairs 3.0 FS * NW

Political Science: 6 units

1 course selected from:

POLS 402 State Government 3.0 FS
POLS 403 Local Government 3.0 FS
POLS 404 Interest Groups and Lobbying 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: POLS 402 and POLS 473 are recommended.
POLS 423 Political Parties 3.0 Inq

1 course selected from:

POLS 431 American Political Thought 3.0 FA
POLS 432 Recent Amer Political Thought 3.0 SP
POLS 451A Found Amer Constitution Law 3.0 FA
POLS 451B Civil Rights/Civil Liberties 3.0 FS

This course is also offered as MCGS 451B.

Behavioral and Social Sciences: 3 units

1 course required:

SOSC 301 Spatial Concepts 3.0 FS

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 advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly 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 advisor 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.

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. 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.

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 units are independent study (399H, 499H) 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 for your major 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% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% 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 advisor to apply.

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 advisor 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 advisor and the chair is required.