Santa Clara University

History department


In addition to the University Core Curriculum and College of Arts and Sciences (if applicable) requirements, students must complete a total of 14 courses to complete the major. Exceptions for students entering the department after their junior year will be made by the department chair.

When you declare the major, the department chair will review with you the courses you have taken that will fulfill the requirements and which courses you will need to take to complete the major. You will also declare an emphasis and be assigned a new advisor.


Use this History Major Worksheet to keep track of your progress.

General Breadth Requirements

One History course, either lower or upper division, in at least five of the seven geographical areas:

  • Africa
  • East Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • South Asia/Indian Ocean
  • West Africa/Middle East
  • United States
Lower Division Requirements

Four lower-division courses in three different geographical areas mentioned above, at least one of which must be in the student’s area of emphasis. Up to two Cultures and Ideas I and II courses taught by history department faculty may be used to partially fulfill these requirements.

Upper Division Requirements

Ten upper-division courses, including:

  • HIST 100
  • HIST 101
  • One global course
  • Four courses in the student’s emphasis
  • Two elective History courses
  • HIST 197 (Thesis) or fifth course in emphasis area


Students who declared before 09/01/09
Contact the History department for assistance.
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