Your Time As An Aggie
We encourage students to pursue general education courses concurrently with lower division work for the major. As a note, the department discourages students from taking any more than two history courses within the same quarter.
Consult this sample four-year academic plan to assist you.
Students often have difficulty getting into one or more courses they want during their freshman and sophomore years, and should be flexible in making choices. We encourage you to review the course catalog for classes outside of the major that may be of interest to you. These courses will count toward units needed for graduation.
Make sure to track your upper division degree requirements and meet with an academic adviser regarding the design of your major. Note that the Department of History discourages students from taking any more than two history courses within the same quarter.
We also urge students to request a degree check from the College of Letters and Science Dean's Office.
If you are interested in studying abroad or in internships, you may want to start accounting for these opportunities in your academic planning now, because most students pursue study abroad and/or internships during their third and fourth years.
This also is an opportune time to start thinking about enriching your on-campus experiences. The Center for Student Involvement is a valuable resource in helping students discover on-campus organizations and activities.
Course recommendations can be based on your field interests, double majors, technical backgrounds, or even in preparation for graduate or doctoral studies. If you are looking into graduate school or doctoral studies, consider taking HIS 101 (Introduction to Historical Thought and Writing) and HIS 103 (Topics in History Research).
You may work with a Department of History faculty member in the History 103 "Topics in Historical Research" course. Download, fill out and submit the request form to initiate the process. This course enables you to gain one-on-one research experience within the field of history, and it can be applied toward your overall unit total.
You may wish to consider applying for the History Honors Program, which gives student an opportunity to conduct original research and writing on a topic of their own choosing. This program offers excellent preparation for the rigors of graduate study.
Students who are interested in minoring in another program are encouraged to begin coursework for your minor(s) in your third year also.
We highly encourage you to meet with an undergraduate academic adviser to ensure that you are satisfying all of the requirements for your major. You also should meet with a College of Letters and Science academic counselor to complete a final degree check.
Most forms can be submitted via the UC Davis Online Advising Student Information System (OASIS).