What will I learn?

History interprets the past for the present by exploring the institutions, ideas, cultures, and creations of men and women in the context of time and place.

It is focused on change over time; both change of the subjects of study and of historians’ attempts to make sense of those subjects. History ranges over all of recorded human experience, drawing from and placing in context the achievements of the arts, sciences, social sciences, and other humanities.

The student of history will learn to evaluate evidence critically, to sift and organize evidence fairly and persuasively, to analyze the evidence for its patterns and meanings, and to integrate this into a broad scope of human experience. Historical study provides perspective, helping individuals to place their own lives, values, and world events in context, and to recognize the processes of change that have brought them to the present.

Working from these general principles and the special strengths of its faculty, the history department has designated the following 5 specific outcomes of a major in history.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in History will be able to:

  • Develop historical research questions, formulate appropriate research strategies, and critically evaluate evidence about the past;
  • Develop and defend historical arguments, demonstrating an understanding of different theoretical approaches to historical interpretation;
  • Effectively communicate, in clear and convincing prose, an understanding of the causes of historical change;
  • Evaluate the influence of new digital and multimedia formats on the practice and presentation of history; and
  • Describe several varieties of experience found in the historical record and explain why diversity is a critical component of history.

Career Opportunities

History majors find careers in a great variety of fields. History is a traditional preparation for law, foreign service, teaching, public affairs, journalism, and work in museums or historical societies. History majors hold such diverse positions as presidents of banks, personnel officers, senators, network news anchors, purchasing agents, city managers, judges, business owners, and public safety officers. In addition, there is a growing arena of careers directly related to history—museum directors, curators, historical consultants, archivists, historical site administrators, and historic preservation officers. Both government agencies and private corporations hire historians to research, analyze, and organize their records. Many of these latter careers require some graduate work in history.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,246.00 per year
Local Fees: USD $1,970
Application deadline

1 May 2022

Start date

29 August 2022, 23 January 2023


College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

California State University San Marcos,

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road,



92096, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent, Equivalent of a "B" (3.0) grade point average.

For international students

Are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent

Equivalent of a "C+" (2.5) grade point average

Satisfy English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement for admission purposes with ONE of the following:

TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14

IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0

Cambridge English B2 First (FCE), C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of 168. (160 and above eligible for pathway program)

Duolingo score of 95

iTEP score of 3.6

Pearson's Test of English (PTE) score of 50

Global Test of English Communication (GTEC) 1125

Attended a high school where English was the principal language of instruction for 3 years (confirm with our International Admissions Office to see if your school is eligible)

Conditional admission is available through our language program if you do not have a passing IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English score. The minimum GPA required for conditional admission is 2.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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