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Cal State L.A.


The Department of History
Undergraduate Minor in History


The Undergraduate Minor in History is open to Cal State L.A. undergraduate students from all majors and disciplines who are not majoring in History or History's Teacher Preparation Option - from engineering and chemistry to theater and dance.

The 36-unit program includes a sequence of courses with the same general objectives as the History major, allowing for a deeper understanding of societal development in all aspects of experience and environment, and of the relevance of the past to the present.

The program permits pursuit of a wide range of interests within the purview of historical methodology (see our Areas of Departmental Specialization webpage), and may be of particular interest to students planning for careers in fields where knowledge of the historical diversity and background of human cultures and societies is essential: business, journalism, communications, law, nursing, social work, international relations, political science, sociology, anthropology, etc.

Requirements for the Minor: 36 units

Lower Division Required Courses (20 units)
  • HIST 110ABC: World Civilization I, II and III (12 units)
  • HIST 202AB: US Civilization I and II (8 units)

Upper Division Required Courses (12 units)

  • Group A Requirement: one course in Western Civilization or European History at the 300 or 400 level (4 units)
  • Group B Requirement: one course in U.S. History at the 300 or 400 level (4 units)
  • Group C Requirement: one course in African, Asian, Latin American, or Middle Eastern History at the the 300 or 400 level (4 units)

Upper Division Elective (4 units)

  • Select an additional 400-level course in history in any geographic or thematic area.