History Department

BA - History

Courses offered under this program are planned for those who wish a general liberal education, for those who want a broad foundation for any one of the social sciences, for those who desire advanced degrees in the field of history, and for those who wish to secure the teaching credential.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education33
Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Major50
Lower Division Major Requirements15
HIST 099. History Fundamentals3
Complete one sequence from:
World History Sequence
HIST 001A. World History to 15003
HIST 001B. World History from 15003
Western Civilization Sequence
HIST 010A. Western CivilizationD23
HIST 010B. Western CivilizationD23
Complete one sequence from:
US History Sequence
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
6 units of the GE requirement can be fulfilled by choosing the HIST 015A and POLS 015B courses among the major requirement.
American People Sequence
HIST 020A. History of the American People3
HIST 020B. History of the American People3
Upper Division Major Requirements35
Students who fulfill SJSU Studies Area S with HIST 188 or SJSU Studies Area V with HIST 153 or HIST 155 will need an additional elective unit to reach the 120-unit minimum required for graduation, as only one SJSU studies course can double count for the major and SJSU studies.
HIST 100W. History Writers' WorkshopZ3
HIST 102. Historiography4
28 units of upper-division history to include 2 courses from one field of study, 2 courses from a second field of study, 1 course from a third field of study, and 2 from any field of study28
Students must select at least 2 Advanced Topics courses and at least 2 courses must focus on the period before 1750.
University Electives and/or Minor29
Minor recommended, but not required; consult history advisor

Total Units:120

A checklist of requirements is available in department office.