1. Lower Division Requirements
Students must fulfill all of the lower-division requirements for their major to progress to upper-division classes. These include prerequisite courses such as Introduction to History, Historiography, and a survey of a specific historical period or area.
2. Upper Division Courses
After completing the lower-division classes, students must select and complete at least four upper-division history courses from approved course lists.
3. Historical Perspectives
Students must also take one approved course in either Non-Western History or Global History to expand their knowledge base beyond Europe and the United States.
4. Elective Courses
Students may choose elective courses that are related to the field of history, such as Politics and History or Gender Studies.
5. Senior Seminar
All history majors must complete a senior seminar course, which is typically taken in the last semester of study. In this course, students present a research project on a topic that they have chosen from an approved list.
6. Language Requirement
Most programs require students to demonstrate proficiency in at least one foreign language. This can be done through either completing language classes or by taking a placement exam.
7. GPA Requirements
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to graduate with their degree in history from UCLA.
8. Culminating Experience
Most majors require students to complete a final project or paper in their senior year. This can range from a thesis on a specific research topic to an independent study course.