History Major

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The History Major

Preparation for the History Major

Lower-Division Requirements
HIST 200The Historian's Craft (Should be taken during sophomore year.)3
Select 2 of the following lower-division history classes:6
The Ancient World
The Medieval World
The Atlantic World 1500-1800
The Pacific World, 1500-1800
World History Topics
Topics in War and Peace in Historical Perspective
War and Peace in the Modern World
U.S. History to 1870
U.S. History, 1877 to the Present
U.S. History Topics
Race and Ethnicity in the American Experience
American Women in History
East Asia in Transformation
Topics in the History of Culture and Identity
Modern Europe
Topics in Urban History
Topics in Comparative History
Topics in History, Literature, and Film
Topics in History of Science and Technology
Big History: From Cosmos to Cannibals
Modern World History
Great Moments in Time
Lower Division Units9
Upper-Division Requirements
Select 2 upper division courses in United States history6
The Vietnam Wars
American Environmental History
United States-East Asia Relations
Armed Conflict and American Society
Civil War and Reconstruction
Topics in U.S. History
U.S. Foreign Relations in the Long 19th Century
Twentieth Century U.S. Foreign Relations
History of the American West
American Indian History
The Spanish Southwest
Chicano/a/x History
History of California
Art and Architecture in California
History in the Community
Select 2 upper division courses in European history6
Greek Civilization
Roman Civilization
The Fall of the Roman Empire
Castles and Crusades: Medieval Europe, 1050-1450
Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain
The Global Renaissance
Europe 1600-1800
World War I
World War II
History of Germany Since 1945
Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Topics in Modern Europe
France in Revolution and War
History of the British Isles
Modern Britain
The British Imperial Experience
History of Spain
Imperial Russia
Soviet Union and After
Topics in Russian and East European History
Select 2 upper division courses in World history6
Ancient Near East
World War I
World War II
From Subjects to Citizens: Nation Building in France and India
The Vietnam Wars
Topics in Modern World History
Modern Middle East
Modern Latin America
Topics in Latin America History
History of Brazil
Topics in Asian History
China: Rise to Global Power
Japan: Samurai to Subaru
Women's Lives in East Asia
The African Historical Experience
Topics in African History
United States-East Asia Relations
History of Mexico
Select two upper-division HIST courses in any area 16
The following courses must be taken consecutively during the senior year:
HIST 490Introduction To Senior Seminar1
HIST 495WSenior Research Seminar3
Total Units37

Students may choose to do a three-unit internship at one of the many museums and historical societies located in San Diego.

Students should plan their upper-division courses in consultation with their major advisor.

At least 15 of the 25 upper-division units must be taken at USD. No more than 6 non-USD units taken abroad will be accepted for credit toward the history major.

Recommended Program of Study, History

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
Lower Division HIST3
CC or electives9-10
Semester IIHours
Lower Division HIST3
CC or electives12-13
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
HIST 200The Historian's Craft3
Upper Division HIST3
CC or electives12-13
Semester IIHours
CC or electives15-16
Junior Year
Semester IHours
Upper Division HIST3
CC or electives9-10
Semester IIHours
Upper Division HIST6
CC or electives9-10
Senior Year
Semester IHours
HIST 490Introduction To Senior Seminar1
Upper Division HIST6
CC or electives9
Semester IIHours
HIST 495WSenior Research Seminar3
Upper Division HIST6