The study of history introduces students to peoples, ideas, and cultures that may be unfamiliar, and thereby helps put our own world into perspective. Because the past is as big as the world itself, history offers something for everyone. Indeed, historical study plays an important part in fostering well-rounded intellectual development as well as developing valuable career skills in research, writing, argumentation and documentation.
The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade today is gravely concerning and antithetical to the University of California’s mission and values. We affirm that our students' reproductive health options in the state of California will remain the same and Student Health and Wellness Center (SHCS) is committed to providing affordable and convenient access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. An overview of the current and future services offered at SHCS is available below in our June 3 message to students.
As stated by Chancellor May, "We will continue to move forward together to protect the human rights for people making health care decisions."
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Flyers for Upcoming Courses!
HIS 102E in Fall 2022
Lecture: W, 1:10-4:00PM
HIS 201W in Fall 2022
CRN: Please contact Prof. Stacy Fahrenthold if interested in enrolling in the course
Lecture: M, 3:10-6:00PM
HIS 80 in Fall 2022
Lecture: MW, 10:00-10:50AM
- Featured Courses
- HIS 80: United States in the Middle East. History of the United States in the Middle East from 1900 to the present. Examination of U.S. foreign relations toward the Middle East, their regional ramifications and domestic repercussions. After September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush delivered an address to the American people asking, “Why do they hate us?” The question -- and his answer -- resonated with a popular “Clash of Civilizations” thesis that argues that conflict between Islam and the West is inevitable for the long- term. Aiming for a deeper understanding of the stories that fill the headlines, this course interrogates that proposition by looking at the long history of United States involvement in the Middle East, from the Barbary pirates to recent beheadings, from missionaries to missiles, from Cold War concerns to moments of cultural exchange. INSTRUCTOR: Baki Tezcan
HIS 102E: Charles Darwin and His World: The Social Life Science in the Nineteenth Century. Among the most influential and controversial figures in modern history, Charles Darwin became a global celebrity following publication of his theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859. We will explore the life and thought of Darwin and his contemporaries through published works and private papers, placing them in the context of historical developments, such as the transformation of society and culture in the wake of the Industrial Revolution and the rise of Britain's global empire. Students will learn how to conceptualize, investigate, and write a historical research paper. Individual projects may focus on a wide range of topics related to nineteenth-century science, politics, empire, gender, sexuality, religion, race, capitalism, social movements, and so forth. Non-history majors with an interest in the subject matter and a desire to learn about historical research are encouraged to enroll. (Sample syllabus from a previous year.) INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Stolzenberg
HIS 142A: History of the Holocaust. Topics include comparative genocide, medieval and modern antisemitism, modern German history, the rise of Nazism, Jewish life in Europe before the Nazi period, and the fate of the Jewish communities and other persecuted groups in Europe from 1933-1945. In a century of genocides, the Holocaust of the European Jews remains perhaps the most systematic attempt to destroy a whole people. In this course, we will attempt to understand how one nation committed genocide against another, first by instituting policies of exclusion and expulsion and then mass murder. The course will consider the history of the Holocaust against the background of Jewish and German history in modern times. We will also take up the question of the uniqueness of the Holocaust and comparisons with other instances of mass death, both by the Nazis (against the disabled mentally retarded, the Sinti/Roma, homosexuals, Poles and Russian prisoners of war) and by others in the twentieth century. Students should be aware that this is an emotionally, as well as intellectually challenging subject that has relevance to our world today. INSTRUCTOR: David Biale
- Expanded Course Descriptions for Spring 2022
- Expanded Course Descriptions for Fall 2022
Frequently Asked Questions
Majors and Minors
What are some popular double major or minor pairings with History?
Students from across a diverse background of programs will double major or minor with History. We recommend meeting with other advising centers to confirm program requirements, but here are some that are popular pairings with History:
- Art History
- Contemporary Leadership (minor only)
- East Asian Studies
- Education (minor only)
- Global Studies (minor only)
- Hemispheric Institute on the Americas (minor only)
- Human Rights (minor only)
- Jewish Studies (minor only)
- Museum Studies (minor only)
- Political Science
- War-Peace Studies (minor only)
What do I need to declare a double major?
We encourage you to meet with the undergraduate academic advisors for your major programs to ensure compliance with any specific rules that would affect success in petitioning for a double major. Minimally you will need to:
- Complete at least 1 lower division preparatory course in History
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA or better in completed History coursework
- Maintain good academic standing overall
Petitions can now be submitted online through OASIS:
- Select “Academics” on top left
- Select “Student Advising”
- Select “Forms & Petitions”
Graduate School and Careers
I plan to attend graduate school in History. How should I prepare?
If you are considering a graduate program, review these tips.
What are the career opportunities with a major in History?
The discipline focuses on the allocation of resources, which is applicable to many professional pipelines.
Where can I find information related to graduate programs?
Visit the pre-professional advisor at the Student Academic Success Center, located in 111 South Hall.
History Major Requirements
If I take a course at another institution, how can I get this course approved for use toward History requirements?
If you take a course at the community college in California, you can use ASSIST to determine articulation. It is also recommended that you email our advising team at firstname.lastname@example.org with the course syllabi for our History faculty to review (process can take up to 10 weeks).
What are concentrations?
At UC Davis, the History program requirements is categorized by concentration fields which follow geographic regions. We have the following concentration fields:
- Middle East
- Latin America
PTA and PTD Codes
How do I get a PTA code?
If there is a seat available in the History course you'd like to register for (please check Schedule Builder) and the last day to add has past, you must forward the Instructor's approval to email@example.com and we can review/issue a PTA code to you.
How do I get a PTD code?
All PTD codes are issues at the College level, please speak to your College advisor for support with this process.