History Major Declaration Instructions

***The history major does not have any qualification requirements. History majors are encouraged to declare early in their UCSC career. You are advised (but not required) to complete at least one lower division history course (HIS 1 - 99) before declaring.***


Planning Tools

You may find it helpful to reference the major requirements for your region of concentration when creating your history plan:

History majors typically take 1-2 history courses per quarter.

1. Create a History Major Course Plan

1. Copy a History Major Planning Worksheet appropriate for your plan of study to your UCSC Google Drive:

2. Add your completed, in-progress, and planned Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 history courses to your History Major Planning Worksheet:
  • Completed Courses: If you need help remembering what requirement(s) your completed UCSC history courses satisfy, consult the History Catalog of Course Requirements.
  • Current Courses: Use the Fall 2020 - Summer 2021 History Undergraduate Courses list to identify history courses you're taking in Spring 2021, and history courses you're planning on taking in Summer 2021 (if applicable). Look for the page tabs located in the upper left corner of your browser window to see history courses offered in Summer 2021.
  • Future Courses: Use the Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 Undergraduate History Courses list to identify history courses you'd like to take next year. Look for the page tabs located in the upper left corner of your browser window to see history courses offered in Winter 2022 and Spring 2022.

Major requirements that you intend on completing after Spring 2022 may be left blank on your worksheet. Don't worry about making your plan perfect, just try your best!

3. Share your completed History Major Planning Worksheet with History Undergraduate Adviser, Stephanie Sawyer (sawyer@ucsc.edu). Be sure the "Notify people" box is checked.

2. Virtually Meet with the History Adviser

Schedule a Zoom advising appointment with Stephanie Sawyer. During your appointment you will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback or suggestions on your history major plan. You are now officially declared!

OPTIONAL: Double Major or Minor Declaration

To declare a double major or a minor, you must also complete a Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and a UCSC Academic Planning Form with both of your major/minor advisers. The UCSC Academic Planning Form is a quarter-by-quarter course plan that helps you keep track of and complete your major/minor requirements by your planned quarter of graduation. You will be asked to email your Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and UCSC Academic Planning Form to the History Undergraduate Adviser in advance of your Zoom advising appointment (Step 2).

To add history as a second declared major, your Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and UCSC Academic Planning Form must be current and up to date: reviewed and approved by your first major adviser within the last academic quarter. You may need to update your Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and UCSC Academic Planning Form with your first major adviser before petitioning to declare history as a second major.


Major Declaration Deadlines

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 not be able to enroll in their classes for the following term.

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