The History major is designed both to provide the basis for a solid liberal arts education and to meet the needs of individual students. Within the specific requirements of the major, students receive basic instruction in the history of the United States as well as that of other countries. They are also introduced to the methods of historical inquiry, techniques of historical writing, differing philosophies of history and historiography, past and present. Beyond these basic requirements, students may arrange course work to fit their needs and interests. Upper division classes are generally small and offer ample individual attention, guidance and interaction between students and faculty.
The B.A. in History is a 40-unit program that students plan in consultation with a departmental advisor. Courses graded Cr/NC are not applicable to the History major, except in the cases of HIST 497 Internships and HIST 496 History Journal, where 4 units of Cr/NC are accepted.