2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Oct 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, B.A.

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This program is excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. The emphasis on broadly applicable skills such as research, writing, face-to-face  communication, and critical thinking prepare graduates for any number of jobs. More specifically, history graduates are especially well suited to work not only as archivists, academic historians, public historians and curators, but also as diplomats, editors, law clerks, librarians, publicists, and writers. A  history degree is also superb academic preparation for graduate studies in law, business, and many academic disciplines.

In high school take history, English, geography, government, and foreign languages.

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .

Requirements for the Major (48-52 Units)

All major courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better. 

Core Courses (28 Units)

The following core courses are required for all majors.

History Areas

Students must successfully complete HIST 210  before enrolling in history area courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Locate diverse types of historical evidence; evaluate credibility, position or perspective; and determine how to use appropriately
  • Place primary and secondary sources in appropriate historical and historiographical context, with attention to the chronology, geography (local, national, and global), culture and methodology
  • Develop a body of historical knowledge with range and depth that recognizes the causes and consequences of continuity and change over time
  • Be able to understand and evaluate different perspectives and arguments, engaging with the ideas of other historians and citing them appropriately
  • Create a research question, conduct effective and wide-ranging research to procure evidence, formulate a persuasive analytical argument, and communicate it effectively in a written or oral format
  • Apply historical knowledge and analysis to contribute to contemporary social dialogue and to life-long learning and critical habits of mind essential to an effective and engaged citizenship.

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