Course Substitutions

History majors must take a minimum of six regularly scheduled history courses, including the comprehensive exit and disciplinary communication (DC) requirements, from members of the UCSC History Department faculty. Intensive history majors must complete a minimum of eight. Subject to the limits and restrictions indicated, courses from the categories listed below may be petitioned to satisfy history major requirements:

Grade Requirement

Only courses passed with the equivalent of a letter grade of C or better may be applied to history major or minor requirements.

History minors may substitute a maximum of three courses from the categories listed below, in any combination of their choosing:

At least five of the history minor requirements must be satisfied by regular UCSC History Department courses


Interdisciplinary Coursework

The History Department encourages its students to take upper-division courses in disciplines related to history, including sociology, literature, history of art and visual culture, politics, Latin American and Latino studies, and others. At least 50% of the readings and written work in these courses must be historical in nature.

History majors may petition to apply a maximum of one upper division interdisciplinary course to their elective requirement. Interdisciplinary courses may not satisfy chronological distribution requirements.

History minors may petition to apply a maximum of two upper-division courses.

Applying Interdisciplinary Courses

Submit a Petition for Interdisciplinary Coursework appropriate for your region of concentration or plan of study:

You are required to upload the course's syllabus when completing your petition. You will also be asked to provide a brief explaination about how the course contributes to your understanding of history.

You will be notified about the outcome of your petition via your UCSC email address within 2-3 weeks.

Applying Courses to Multiple Majors/Minors

Upper-division courses applied to a second major/minor may or may not also be applied to the history major requirements. Read the UC Santa Cruz Academic Senate "Double Counting" policy and consult with the history undergraduate program coordinator if you'd like to share upper-division courses between multiple majors or minors.

Pre-Approved Interdisciplinary Courses

The following interdisciplinary courses have been pre-approved by the History Department. You do not need to submit a Petition for Interdisciplinary Coursework; these course may automatically satisfy history major or minor upper-division elective requirements. Reminder: these courses may or may not be used to satisfy the requirements of a second major or a minor; consult with the history undergraduate program coordinator.

Pre-approved interdisciplinary courses may have enrollments restrictions and/or prerequisites. Consult the UCSC General Catalog for detailed enrollment information about these courses.

Independent and Field Studies

History majors who entered the university prior to Fall 2015 may apply a maximum of two independent or field study courses to their upper-division elective requirements. History majors who entered the university starting Fall 2015 may petition to apply a maximum of one independent or field study course to their upper-division elective requirement. Independent or field study courses may not satisfy chronological distribution requirements.

History minors may petition to apply a maximum of two independent or field study courses.

Applying Independent and Field Studies

1. Download a UCSC Petition for Undergraduate Individual Studies Course (pdf). It is best to initiate this process during the quarter before the one in which you plan to do the study.

2. Outline your proposed course of study and obtain the approval of an instructor who is willing to supervise your study; students are expected to initiate discussions with and dindependently acquire faculty sponsors. The instructor also approves the number of credits (either 2 or 5) to be awarded upon completion of the individual study.

3. Submit the petition to the history undergraduate program coordinator during drop-in advising hours.

4. The history undergraduate program coordinator will review your petition and will issue you a class number. Use this class number when you enroll via the Student Portal. Make sure to enroll with the grade option approved on the petition.