Declaring the History Major

The history major does not have any qualification requirements. Students who plan on majoring in history are encouraged to declare as soon as possible. It is advisable to complete at least one lower-division history course (HIS 1 - 99) before declaring, but it is not required.


1. Create a History Major Plan of Study

As a history major you have a lot of control over what classes you take and when. It is therefore important that you practice creating and modifying a history major plan that supports your academic interests and helps you make degree progress. You may find it beneficial to review the history major requirements and sample academic plans when creating your individual history plan of study.

Download a History Major Planning Worksheet for your chosen region of concentration and plan of study:

Fill out your History Major Planning Worksheet to the best of your ability. Include history courses you've completed, are currently taking, and plan on taking in the future:

Major requirements that you intend on satisfying after Spring 2020 may be left blank on your worksheet.

2. Complete a Petition for Major/Minor Declaration

Fill out a Petition for Major/Minor Declaration. Be sure to indicate your expected graduation term (EGT) on the petition. To find your EGT, go to your MyUCSC Student Center and click on “Student Advising Summary” and then the “Degree” tab. Please note that the EGT for most students reflects one extra quarter beyond what they will need to complete requirements. You do not need to have your EGT changed if you are planning to graduate before the term indicated.

Info for Transfer Students

If you are planning on applying any transfer history courses to your major requirements, also bring a completed Department of History Transfer Course Approval Form with you to drop-in advising hours.

3. Meet with a History Adviser

Meet with the History Undergraduate Adviser during drop-in advising hours to submit your History Major Planning Worksheet and Petition for Major/Minor Declaration, receive feedback or suggestions on your plan of study, and ask any questions you may have about the history major. You are now officially declared!

4. Attend a History Undergraduate Advising Social

History majors are required to attend at least one Undergraduate Advising Social in the year they formal declare their history major.

OPTIONAL: Double Major Declaration

If you have already declared a major and are petitioning to add history as a second major, you must also complete a UCSC Academic Planning Form. Your planning form must be up to date and recently approved by your first major adviser (within one academic quarter). Old and out of date copies of your original major declaration are inadmissible.


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

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