Course Substitutions:

Please complete the History Department Course Substitution Form if you are attempting to petition a course from outside the department to fulfill history major or minor requirements, or if you took a history course through EAP or another US institution and would like it to be applied to your history major or minor. A detailed course syllabus is required for any class you are planning to petition. If you cannot obtain a syllabus, please email Please allow a few weeks for your course petition to be reviewed.

Approved Substitutions:

Please consult the History Department Approved Upper Division Major Substitutions list for upper division substitution courses from outside the history department that have been pre-approved. Please note that this list only applies to the upper division portion of the History BA Major and the History Minor. If you are a History of Public Policy and Law Major, a Labor Studies Minor, or a Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice Minor, you must consult with your advisor before attempting to substitute any of your courses.

History Independent Studies Petition:

If you would like to enroll in History 99/196/199/199RA, complete this History Department Independent Studies Form. Please refer to the course descriptions in the UCSB General Catalog prior to completing this form to ensure that you are enrolling in the correct course, and that you meet the prerequisites/restrictions. When completing the form, you must work with your faculty mentor to decide on the number of units you will be taking the course for, and provide a detailed description of the work you will be doing. Once you have filled out the top portion of the form and obtained your instructors signature, please email the form to Corey Carpenter or drop a physical copy off at her office. Do not complete the prerequisite section or get the department chair’s signature. Once your proposal has been approved by the department, you will be emailed an approval code through your UCSB email account.

History of Public Policy and History of Public Policy and Law Majors:

Once you have completed an upper division course for either your cognate discipline or for you contrasting nations/continents/time periods, the course will NOT automatically appear in your progress checks on GOLD. Send an email to Corey Carpenter with your name, perm number, which course you are petitioning, and what area of your major requirements it pertains to, and she will submit a petition to have it added to your progress check.

College of Letters and Science Petitions:

Non-departmental petitions such as the late/retroactive drop petition, deficit load petition, incomplete grade petition, etc. can be found on the College of Letters and Science Website. 

Thinking of taking a course outside UCSB to fulfill degree requirements? 

Please thoroughly review the Transfer Credit Guidelines for Current UCSB Students before enrolling in any courses outside of UCSB.

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