American history & institutions

All undergraduate degree programs at UC require study in American history and institutions.

This requirement may be met through examination or enrollment in specific courses. Each campus decides how its students may meet the requirement.

Satisfactory completion in high school of a one-year course in U.S. history or a half-year course in U.S. history and a half-year course in American government, fulfills this requirement at all UC campuses except UC Santa Barbara. (At UCLA, students must also have earned a B average in these courses.) UC Santa Barbara requires students to complete a college-level course.

Satisfaction of a community college's history and institutions requirement will also meet the requirement at most campuses. It is highly recommended that students complete this requirement before they transfer.

International students may also be required to satisfy this American History and Institutions Requirement. Refer to page 56 in the Quick Reference [PDF] for details.