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?

We provide excellent training in research, analysis, and communication -- precisely the skills employers want.  We offer an Honors Certificate in Historical Research as well as a major and minor.  But our classes are also enormously fun -- Roman toilets, the history of zombies, pirates, sexual morals of medieval societies, heroic fights against colonialism and oppression, we have it all.  Also, our major is very flexible and you can start as a first-year. 

Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? No, we do not have a major planning sheet.
When should I first meet with my major department? Immediately.  Come over to the History Department office. We offer drop-in advising.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

We will assign you a group of major advisors based on your last name. We always offer you a few choices of advisors, who have office hours at different times, so that it is convenient to your schedule.

Where can I find information about major advising?


Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No pre-work. Just come on by.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? We can fit you in, by advising.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? We offer a large number of small courses. We have an excellent student organization and high levels of student financial support.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? History 300 (GWAR), plus any elective courses you wish.  For a list of electives, click here and scroll down to "electives."
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? Most upper-division classes require that you have upper-division standing and have completed lower-division General Education Area E, or have the permission of the instructor. 
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? No.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes, History ADT.  

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?

Lots of GE counts!  History 101 is a Critical Thinking course. History 103 is a First-Year Experience course.  Both count in the major.  History 110 and 111 count in the major and are also Area C (humanities) courses.  History 114 and 115 count in the major and are also Area D (social science) courses.  History 120 and 121 count in the major and are also social science courses and fulfill the American Institutions (AI) US History requirement.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


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

Yes, AP - U.S. History replaces both History 120 and 121.  The World History AP currrently replaces both History 114 and 115, although this may be reduced based on changes to the exam itself.



College of Liberal and Creative Arts Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students pursuing a major, minor or certificate in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.

Services offered: Academic planning, general education advising, academic probation advising, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities and discovering campus resources.

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