Welcome to the Department of History. The department houses majors in history and social sciences. The history program at Pacific offers range and depth in our course offerings, giving you a chance to study in small classes with great faculty members who love what they do. We also offer you the opportunity to conduct research you are interested in under faculty guidance.
Our history program at Pacific offers range and depth in our course offerings and a chance to study in small classes with great faculty members who love what they do. You will have the opportunity to meet and work closely with a faculty of internationally recognized scholars committed to providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in many professions. You will graduate with the ability to understand how the events of the past, the reality of today, and the direction of the future inseparably connect.
Teaching Credential Track
Teaching credential candidates wishing to qualify to teach history at the secondary level should complete the Single Subject Credential in the Social Sciences. Information on specific course requirements may be obtained from your adviser or the department chair. For other credential requirements, students should consult faculty in Benerd College.
The Social Sciences Honors program offers you the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor for two semesters on an original research project and to present your work at one or more conferences such as the Northern California Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society) Conference, the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, or the Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference.
At the end of the program, you will have a high-caliber and substantial senior thesis as well as experience presenting your research findings publicly. This provides excellent experience if you are planning to pursue graduate or professional school. It will also help you to demonstrate your research, writing, and oral communication skills to future employers.
If you have completed at least 45 units and meet the minimum GPA requirements, you will be invited to participate in the Social Science Honors program. In order to be accepted into the program, you must submit a completed application to the history department chair. Applications are available in the Social Science Office. Once approved for participation in the program, you must submit a Change of Program form to the Office of the Registrar.
You must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 and a minimum major/program grade point average of 3.5 in order to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Social Sciences with departmental honors.
In addition to completing all degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, you must:
1) Complete the Senior History Capstone course (History 160) your senior year.
2) Complete a four-unit Independent Research course (History 197), preferably the semester after completion of the Senior History Capstone course (History 160), in order to revise and refine your senior capstone paper under the mentorship of a faculty advisor.
3) Present your Senior Research Project at one or more conferences such as the Northern California Phi Alpha Theta conference, the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, or the Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference.
Recommended Progression of Study
First-year students begin with the chair's seminar and two foundation courses in sequence and proceed to take one course from each of the listed regional and temporal categories. You must take HIST 70, Historical Imagination, during your sophomore year or as soon as possible after transferring into the program and take HIST 160, Pacific History Seminar, the capstone class, when you are a senior. You may take independent study courses or special topics courses at any time.
Teaching Credential Track
Teaching credential candidates wishing to teach history at the secondary level may complete a History major or a Social Science major. They will concurrently complete the Single Subject Credential Program in Benerd College. For credential requirements, please consult with the Benerd College Credential Program.