For students declaring the major May 31, 2003 or after
The major in History consists of twelve courses, at least eleven of which must be completed within the Department of History. Students may (with permission) include one course from another department in constructing their “Fields of Concentration.” (See below.)
Individual programs must satisfy both lower- and upper-division requirements. They must also include at least one course (as one of the twelve required courses) devoted entirely to premodern history to be selected from courses focused on one or more of the following eras: Antiquity, the Classical Period, and the Medieval Period; courses dealing solely with the Early Modern Period do not satisfy this requirement. For courses satisfying the premodern history requirement, please review the current list.
Students may declare the major after completing three courses in the Department of History, including at least two courses in the lower division.
Lower Division Requirements
Four courses at UC Berkeley (or their equivalents elsewhere), to include:
Students may substitute one upper-division course for any one of the first three requirements, in consultation with the Undergraduate Advisor.
For non-Berkeley Courses
To find equivalent courses at California Community Colleges, see assist.org. Please be aware that not every possible course is articulated on assist.org. You are welcome to ask the Undergraduate Advisor about any non-articulated history courses. To have any non-Berkeley course approved, please bring a syllabus or at least a course description along with a copy of the transcript on which the course appears (unofficial is fine) when you come in to declare the major.
Upper Division Requirements
Eight courses, to include:
The four courses constituting the Field of Concentration must include History 101.The three additional courses in the Field may include History 103. They may also include one appropriate upper-division course (of at least three units) from another department (in consultation with the Undergraduate Advisor.)
Students must submit the Field of Concentration form (online) two semesters prior to graduation (thus, for example, during the spring of the junior year for majors expecting to graduate the following spring) in order to secure approval for their Field of Concentration from the Committee on the History Undergraduate Major.
While individual majors must define their own particular Fields of Concentration, the Committee on the History Undergraduate Major offers a sample of possible fields to assist students in making their decisions.
To declare a Field of Concentration fill out the Field of Concentration Form online.
For more information
If you are thinking about declaring the major please be certain to review the History Major Handbook.
For more information, or if you have questions about undergraduate policies and/or courses, contact:
Leah Flanagan, Undergraduate Advisor
Drop-in Advising Hours:
9:00-12 & 1-4 pm, Monday - Friday
For information on Undergraduate Admissions, please visit the UC Berkeley Admissions page
The Department of History does not accept Advanced Placement credit or on-line courses in lieu of any major requirements. (The one exception is History N5, offered at one time in the past through Berkeley Summer Sessions)
The Degree Audit Reporting System is not currently working perfectly for the History major. We are in the process of fixing the problems. In the meantime, please contact the Undergraduate Major Advisor if you have questions concerning your progress (contact information above).