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History is much more the study of the past. It also provides us with essential knowledge for understanding the present and an enriched view of the world around us. It helps us understand who we are, where we come from, and where we are going.

Whether you are enrolling in a single History course or considering becoming a major, you will find the History Department a uniquely hospitable home within UCLA. Our internationally renowned faculty is composed of superb teachers and prize-winning scholars. We offer first-rate advising at all stages of undergraduate education, from the pre-major to the post-graduation stage.

History Department courses cover a vast range array of periods and geographic contexts, from the ancient Mediterranean to twenty-first century Los Angeles, early modern China to the modern Caribbean, colonial America to the Middle East. They delve into a wide variety of themes and issues, including global and regional history; the study of gender and sexuality; science and medicine; music and visual culture; diaspora and ethnicity; class and culture; war, violence, and peace.

Students of history at UCLA gain a broad and deep education about our world, helping them to be engaged citizens and informed individuals. They learn to read, write, and speak critically, effectively marshaling historical evidence and weighing conflicting interpretations. A History major is excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers, including public service, journalism, education, business, law, medicine, and the arts. Join us and create your own History program of with its own unique scope, depth, and fulfillment.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The History Department's Undergraduate Program consists of 16 courses in history (six lower-division - the "Preparation for the Major," including the pre-major requirements; and ten upper-division - the "Major"). Students must complete the history pre-major before applying for admission to the major.

Preparation for the Major, Including the History Pre-Major

Required for the pre-major: Three courses including two Western Civilization (History 1A, 1B, 1C) or two in World History (History 20, 21, 22); and History 97 (or 96W).

All prep for the major classes must be taken for a letter grade. After completing the three required courses for the pre-major with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0, the student should petition to enter the major at the Department's Undergraduate Counseling Office in 6248 Bunche Hall. Transfer credit for the pre-major courses is subject to department approval. Transfer students should consult the undergraduate counselor before entering any courses for the major.

Preparation for the Major: In addition to the three courses required in the pre-major, three additional lower-division history courses are required as preparation for the major. These three lower-division requirements can be substituted with upper-division history courses. See the Undergraduate Advisor for a list of appropriate substitutes. NOTE: Students cannot take substitutes for any of they courses required for the pre-major (1A-1B-1C; 20, 21, 22; 97).

The Major

Required: In addition to the preparation for the major, history majors must take at least ten additional courses in history at the upper-division level. The following courses are required of all majors.

  1. Two courses in U.S. History
  2. Two courses in non-Western history from the same field (Asia, Africa, Latin America, Near and Middle East)
  3. Two courses in European History
  4. History 191

NOTE: The requirements for U.S., non-Western, and European history may be fulfilled with either lower or upper-division courses, but majors are required to take a minimum of ten upper-division courses in history.  Be advised that the 97s (or 96Ws) and 191s cannot be used to satisfy the U.S., European, or non-Western requirement.

All courses connected to the major must be taken for a letter grade (i.e., no major courses can be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis).

No more than two History 191's and/or 197's may be taken for letter grades and count towards the Major.

There is no language requirement for the major; however, students wishing to enter the honors program or planning to do graduate work in history are urged to pursue language study early in their undergraduate careers.