Undergraduate Program

UC Berkeley's Department of History is one of the top-ranked history departments in the nation. Our faculty's research covers almost the entirety of recorded history and spans most of the globe.

Across the world, the Department is known for its expertise in cultural history, but our faculty also specialize in political history, the history of science, economic history, religious history, the history of sexuality, intellectual history, urban history, imperial and world history, and many other fields. Members of this department have won the most prestigious awards our profession has to offer, from the MacArthur "genius award" to Berkeley's own Distinguished Teaching Award. We have a well-deserved reputation on campus not only for the quality of our courses but for the quality of our major. The department's alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers in research, education, law, business, public affairs, and other professions. 

We live in a world shaped by history. We cannot understand the world or hope to improve it without serious attention to the historical process that created it. So welcome to the Department of History at Berkeley: education for the world.