Declaring the History Major

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Students who enter UCSC as frosh are required to be formally declared in a major before enrolling in their third year (or equivalent). Upper division transfer students are required to be declared in a major by their second term at UCSC. Students who fail to declare a major by the aforementioned deadlines will not be permitted to enroll in their courses for the following quarter. Consult the UCSC Academic and Administrative Calendar for the quarterly "Declaration/Change of Major/Minor" deadline.


The history major does not have any admissions requirements, exams, or prerequisites, and does not limit the number of students it will accept into the program. It is strongly advised that students complete at least one introductory history course before declaring the major, but it is not required. Students may declare the history major as early in their academic career as they would like.

1. Complete the Petition for Major/Minor Declaration

Download the Petition for Major/Minor Declaration from the UCSC Undergraduate Advising website. Complete the petition to the best of your ability. Be sure to indicate your expected graduation term (EGT)* on the petition. Your EGT can be found in your Student Advising Summary on your MyUCSC Student Portal.
*Please note that the EGT for most students reflects one extra quarter beyond what they will need to complete their requirements. You do not need to have your EGT adjusted if you are planning to graduate before the term indicated.

2. Complete a History Degree Progress Worksheet

Download a History Degree Progress Worksheet (DPW) appropriate for your chosen region of concentration and catalog year:

Complete your DPW to the best of your ability.* Be sure to include courses you’ve completed, are currently enrolled in, and plan to take in the future.

If you need help remembering what major requirements your history courses satisfy, consult the History Catalog of Course Requirements. Use the 2016-2017 History Undergraduate Curriculum to plan you history courses for the rest of this academic year. Note: You do not have to indicate a projected enrollment plan beyond Spring 2017. Course requirements that you intend on satisfying next year or beyond may be left blank on your DPW.
*If you need help, consult the history major requirements when completing your DPW.

3. Petition to Declare the History Major

Submit your completed Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and History Degree Progress Worksheet to Stephanie Sawyer, the History Undergraduate Program Coordinator during drop-in advising hours. Stephanie will review both forms, answer any questions you have about the history major or its requirements, and formally declare you in the major.

4. Declare Additional Major(s)/Minor(s) (OPTIONAL)

If you are planning a double major or major/minor plan of study, you will need to complete both major declaration processes and complete a UCSC Academic Planning Form. Use one Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and one UCSC Academic Planning Form to document both of your plans of study. Submit each form to both of your major/minor advisers for review and approval.

If you declared a major in a previous quarter and are petitioning to add history as a second major, you are required to complete step four before proceeding to step three. Checking in with your other major adviser and obtaining an updated Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and UCSC Academic Planning Form before meeting with the history undergraduate program coordinator ensures that the addition of the history major will not negatively impact your current degree progress.

5. Attend a History Undergraduate Advising Social

All new history majors are required to attend at least one Undergraduate Advising Social in the year that they formal declare.

2016-2017 Declaration of Major/Minor Deadlines

Fall 2016: Friday, October 21
Winter 2017: Friday, February 10
Spring 2017: Friday, April 28

Questions about declaring the history major? Contact Stephanie Sawyer, History Undergraduate Program Coordinator.