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BA in History - General Concentration

Through historical inquiry, students will learn how to confront, contemplate, analyze, evaluate, and present their own assessments of the past. History majors at CSUSB don’t just read and write about history, but engage with the past in creative, practical, and innovative ways. In addition to community engagement, and through diverse course offerings that span different periods and places, students will not only gain a new understanding of their local and global communities, they will also be well prepared for a multitude of career opportunities, including, but not limited to, education, government, law, public history, business, and media. Applying new and dynamic methods of history, our students learn vital skills that can be applied in the marketplace. 

BA in History, General Concentration Requirements

Students need to take 18 units of core courses, along with 15 units chosen from five of the seven areas (Ancient, African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern and United States history).  

In addition, students need to choose an area of focus for an additional 15 units (5 courses) with a faculty advisor. 

Potential Areas for Focus:

The area of focus was designed to allow for flexibility for students. Below are a few options:


Geographic Focus: With faculty advisor permission students should choose five upper division courses that logically fit within the following geographical areas:

  • Africa 
  • Asia/Middle East 
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • United States


Temporal Focus: With faculty advisor permission, students should choose five courses in one of the areas below, attempting to get a diverse array of courses from various geographical areas:

  • Ancient/Middle Ages
  • Early Modern World
  • Modern World 


Thematic Focus: With faculty advisor permission, students should take five upper division courses in one of the following areas, attempting to take an array of courses from various geographical areas.  The following are some examples of possible areas of focus:

  • Cultural History
  • Community Engagement
  • Political History
  • Colonialism
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity/Race, or Class

For more information on degree requirements please visit Bachelor of Arts in History Bulletin.

Program Learning Outcomes

PLO 1 – Demonstrate key historical literacy, including knowledge of key events and how change occurs over time in broad geographical and temporal areas

PLO 2 – Demonstrating research skills, including critical thinking and reading abilities, assessment and writing skills  

PLO 3 – Demonstrating communication skills, showing ability to organize and express their thoughts coherently