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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.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements48
Of the 51 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
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
Requirement of the Major46
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. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
6 units of the GE requirement can be fulfilled by choosing the HIST 015A and HIST 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 Requirements31
Students who fulfill SJSU Studies Area S with HIST 188 or SJSU Studies Area V with HIST 153 or HIST 155 will earn 30 upper division units in the major and 45 total units in the major. Those students will need an additional elective unit to reach the 120-unit minimum required for graduation.
HIST 100W. History Writers' WorkshopZ3
HIST 102. Historiography4
24 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 1 course from any field of study24
Students must select at least 2 Advanced Topics courses and at least two courses must focus on the period before 1750.
University Electives and/or Minor24
Minor recommended, but not required; consult history advisor

Total Units:120

A checklist of requirements is available in department office.