Students majoring in history are eligible to receive honors in history at graduation if the following conditions are met:

  1. At least one-half of the course work required in the major is completed at this university;
  2. Earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 in the major, including courses for the major taken elsewhere;
  3. Earned an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better;
  4. Successful completion of HIST 597. Senior Honors Project, resulting in a thesis paper.

Applications for candidacy must be made by the beginning of the senior year. Approval of candidacy and of the project and project advisor rests with the department. The project advisor and one other faculty reader from the department will have the responsibility for evaluation of the completed thesis paper.


Phi Alpha Theta is an international history honor society. Students who have completed at least 12 units of history (3 courses) at CSUSB, and who have a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 and a minimum G.P.A. in History of 3.1 may join the university’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. Membership is not limited to History majors.

For more information please visit our website. Department of History