History Department


To understand the present and prepare for the future, we must understand the past. The Department of History offers both undergraduate and graduate programs that enable students to comprehend the forces that have shaped the United States and the world. Our graduates are teachers and historians, and history is a particularly appropriate major for students bound for law or medical school. Also, history majors appear in every business field. Outstanding student research papers are published in the journal Passports, and Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, sponsors academic and social activities for students. At the graduate level, our primary fields of study are American history, European history, and world history. Our faculty and students conduct research that draws on the special resources of the MLK Library as well as outstanding area research facilities, including the San José Historical Museum, the California History Center at DeAnza College and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Honors Program in History

A student may qualify for admission to the History Department honors program provided he or she is a history major or minor or a Social Science major who has completed 15 upper division units in history. To apply to History Honors the student must have an overall GPA of 3.0, a GPA of 3.5 for all history upper division courses, or the permission of the chair. If accepted, qualified seniors must complete one of the following: HIST 221, 230, 240, 241, 272, 274, 276, 280, 283, or 288, with a grade of "A" or "B" or the equivalents.