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The CSUDH History Department offers an undergraduate major and minor in history. It provides history subject matter content for teachers in Liberal Studies and secondary education, and undergraduate subject matter for college history teaching.  It also lays a foundation for further training in history graduate programs. 

The history program offers a wide range of topical and area courses.  Lower-division survey courses help students make connections between the events and persons of the past as they learn how historians find and evaluate evidence. Upper-division courses study specific eras and topics in greater depth. The three courses required of all majors, HIS 300, 304, and 490, give students a solid understanding of the terms, methods, and theories historians use in the study of the past, and equip them to engage in historical enquiry on topics of interest to them. History courses are useful either as general electives or as part of several interdisciplinary majors.

See below for how to download and print out the correct History Major Worksheet for your course of study.

Preparation for entering the program

High school students are encouraged to take broadly based humanities and social science courses. Students transferring from community colleges may apply appropriate lower division courses towards the major, especially courses in world civilization.

Graduation With Honors

Blue mosqueAn undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in History provided he or she meets the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  • A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  • Recommendation by the faculty of the History Department.

History Major, Revised for Fall 2009

As of Fall 2009, the History program has two major tracks: 1) the standard History Major, and 2) the History/Social Science Education Option.

The standard History Major, as revised for Fall 2009, requires 45 units or 15 courses:

  • Two lower-division courses in World Civilization (HIS 120 and 121)
  • Three core courses (HIS 300, 304, and 490)
  • A three-course concentration in non-United States history (no more than two courses per continent) from the courses numbered 305, 310-319, 360-369 and 395, when the subject is appropriate.
  • A three-course concentration in United States history (two should be period courses, selected from the courses numbered 330-336. One should be topical, selected from the courses numbered 340-359 or 395, when the subject is appropriate).
  • Four electives (including at least one topical course)

Students who entered the program prior to Fall 2009 may follow the old, 36-unit program. Those entering Fall 2009 or later must follow the new, 45-unit program. The new program requires three more upper-division History courses. These may be any upper-division History courses. Download the Roadmaps for old and new programs on the Roadmaps Page.

A new university catalog is coming out for Fall 2009. Until then, the current CSUDH catalog is the 2007-2009 edition. Note that this catalog contains some out of date information regarding our department. Consult the Courses Page on this website for a list of changes.

History Major, History/Social Science Education Option -New for Fall 2009

Beginning Fall 2009, history students wishing to obtain the authorization in History/Social Science Single Subject Matter, in order to teach history and social science in junior high or high school, should declare this option as their major. NOTE: both new and continuing students should enroll in or switch to this Option in the History major. See the Single Subject Prep Program Page for more information on this Option.

History Major Worksheet

The History Major Worksheets will help you decide which courses to take. Before meeting with an advisor you should print out and fill out the appropriate worksheet below. The worksheets below are all PDF files. 

  • History Majors in Program Before Fall 2009: Print out and follow the 36-unit advising worksheet (download here [PDF]), unless you wish to follow the newer program below.
  • History Majors Entering the Program in Fall 2009: You must print out and follow the new 45-unit advising worksheet (download here [PDF]).
  • History Majors-Education Option: If you are seeking the History/Social Science Single Subject Matter Authorization to teach history in junior or senior high school, you should print out and follow the History Major-Education Option advising worksheet (download here [PDF]). Be sure to also consult our Single Subject Matter Prep Program page.

History Major Roadmaps

See the Roadmaps Page for how to use these roadmaps. See the Program Page for more info on the various History programs.

History Minor

The History Minor was revised effective Fall 2007. It requires 15 units. The only required course is HIS 300. Students may take any four other upper-division courses to round out their minor. Note that the online catalog referenced in the last paragraph shows the old minor, prior to the latest revision.