Transfer Students

Transfer students are enthusiastically encouraged to study history at UC Santa Cruz! The history major requirements can be readily completed within two years, regardless of what preparatory history courses you have (or have not) completed prior to transferring. It is even possible to study abroad or pursue a quarter-long internship in Washington, D.C. or Sacramento as a transfer history major and graduate on time.

Preparing to Transfer

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While it is not a condition of admission, students from California community colleges are advised to complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in preparation for transfer to UC Santa Cruz. Transfer course agreements and articulation between the University of California and California community colleges can be found on the ASSIST.ORG website.

Prospective transfer students may also wish to consult the UC Transfer Pathway for History.

Applying Transfer Courses to the History Major

You may apply up to three history courses completed at a California Community College (or other domestic university) to your history major requirements, with no more than two courses from any single geographic region of concentration. Community college courses all count for lower division credit. Transfer courses may or may not be applied to the introductory survey course requirement for your chosen region of concentration. If you think you’ve completed a course at a community college that might satisfy the introductory survey course requirement, contact the history major undergraduate program coordinator.

  1. Make sure your transfer courses appear in your UCSC academic record: navigate to your Student Center in your MyUCSC student portal, and select "Transfer Credit: Report" from the drop-down menu under Academics. The transfer courses that you wish to apply to your history major requirements must appear in your UCSC academic record before you proceed to Step 2.
  2. Complete the Department of History Transfer Course Approval Form. Attach the description for each course as it appears in the host university's General Catalog. Please note that you may be asked to provide a course syllabus if supplemental information is need.
  3. Submit your form and suplemental materials during the department's scheduled undergraduate advising hours.

Sample Two Year Plan

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