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History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, CA,
The History department offers a B.A. in History for undergraduate students. In the History major at , students take a mix of larger survey classes, upper-level classes on more specific topics and several required seminars teaching skills in historical research and critical analysis. Students have many choices of courses and are encouraged to develop areas of interest. 


The History program is offered at California State University Northridge.Student Learning Outcomes

  • To analyze and explain problems of historical interpretation.
  • To comprehend, articulate and apply the various approaches to historical analysis.
  • To learn to read and interpret historical sources critically and analytically.
  • To express orally and exchange historical ideas.
  • To select a research problem and search for relevant primary and secondary sources.
  • To write a research essay using a scholarly format that includes footnotes and bibliography.
  • To demonstrate a complex understanding of the history of the U.S., Europe and one other region or culture over a period of time.
  • To understand historical subjects that transcend regional boundaries.

Completion of the degree in History will provide the student with knowledge of the political, economic, social and intellectual development of the world’s principal civilizations, notably American (U.S.) civilization, Western civilization and the civilization of one other area of the world. Included also are the principal personalities, events, ideas and relationships that are the basis of historical studies, as well as a knowledge of various historical methods and historiography that will lead to a better understanding of: (a) how historians approach the past; (b) the value and limitations of various kinds of historical writings; and (c) how to explore the evolution of history as an academic discipline. Specific student learning objectives for History majors include:

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • World History to 1500
  • Western Civilization
  • Themes in Western Civilization Before 1500
  • World History Since 1500
  • Western Cultural Heritage, Modern Age
  • Themes in Western Civilization After 1500
  • The United States to 1865
  • Problems in American History to 1865
  • The United States Since 1865
  • Problems in American History: 1865 to Present
  • African Civilization to Modern Times
  • Survey of the History of Latin America
  • Civilization of the Middle East
  • History of Eastern Civilization
  • History of Modern East Asia

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Complete the “International Online Application” at Cal State Apply. 
  • A $55.00 (US currency) non-refundable processing fee.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support (.pdf) and bank statement. 
  • All OFFICIAL secondary-school records.
  • Official English translations of all academic records including certificates, degrees or diplomas. 
  • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are also required to have the U.S. institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN.
  • Submit a copy of your passport information page with your documents.
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test (see table below). Scores must be sent directly to CSUN from the testing agency.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    6888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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