History: Honors Concentration

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

History Handout (pdf)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? Critical thinking, strong writing skills, close reading, civic engagement, employable skillset, non-impacted, zombies, pirates, cannibals, revolutions!
When should I first meet with my major department? We like to meet new people and we give great advising.  As often as the student wants.  We are here to help you graduate!
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? We assign advisors by the student's last name.
Where can I find information about major advising?

You may find a listing here http://history.sfsu.edu/content/undergrduate-advising. 

Students may come by the History Department, Science Building Room 276, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12p.m. and 1p.m. – 4p.m. should you not be able to arrange a time to meet with their assigned advisor.

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Nope. But we really do love to give advising often and early!
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? We are not an impacted major, however if students find themselves in danger of missing their graduation target, they should come to the History Department in Science 276 and see and advisor.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Getting advising from the History Department is easy.  Science 276 M – Th, 9a.m. – 12p.m. and 1p.m. – 4p.m.. We can help you graduate on time and have a good time doing it.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? First – Come get advising in SCI 276 M – Th, 9a.m. – 12p.m. and 1p.m. – 4p.m.! Students should consider taking History 300 GWAR, HOWEVER, this is a work-intensive writing class and they should balance their semester workload with this in mind.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? English 214 is required for History 300 GWAR.  HIST300 GWAR is required for HIST640/642/644 (Proseminar). History majors must complete both HIST300 and HIST 640/642/644 with a “C” or better to earn their degree.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? We audit and contact any students who do not meet the above pre-requisites and work with them to clear any systems issues.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes, History (AA-T)

[Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Any of our lower division courses are great for Freshman year. We recommend:

History 101 (or comparable A3 GE Critical Thinking course) This is a variable topic course that focuses on interesting topics such as zombies as a way to consider race, capitalism, and public health. SF State Studies (SJ) Social Justice


History 120 and 121 (US history) D2-Lower Division, AI – American Institutions, US History SF State Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)


History 110 and 111 (Western Civ) C2-Lower Division, SF State Studies: GP (Global Perspectives)


History 114 and 115 (World History) D1-Lower Division, SF State Studies: GP (Global Perspectives).

For students looking at a teaching credential, we suggest 114 and 115.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Lower division courses are open to all students and do not have any pre-requisite requirements

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?

With a score of 3 or better:

AP US History may count as History 120 / 121

AP World History may count as History 114 / 115