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The student counseling drop in hours are currently unavailable. If you have any questions or concerns, please email undergrad@history.ucla.edu

To comply with the state's Executive Order and UCLA procedures related to COVID-19, the History department staff are working remotely. During this period, we encourage you to email staff during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8am-12pm & 1pm-5pm (excluding Holidays). We are also available for calls or virtual meetings but kindly ask for you to email us to set up a time in advance. You may also leave us a message on our office line that forwards to our email and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Please continue to check UCLA’s dedicated COVID-19 website for updates from the University.

The departmental counselors can provide students with referrals for other types of counseling or assistance on campus. If you have any questions, please email the History counselors at undergrad@history.ucla.edu.

History Department Counselors

Hayley Safonov
Director of Student Affairs
(310) 206-2627

Indira Y. Garcia
Undergraduate/Career Counselor
(310) 794-7053

Our counselors provide information and assistance with the following: 

Degree Checks

Students are advised to keep close tabs on their degree progress. Students who entered UCLA after the Fall Quarter of 2012 may see their degree progress on the University's Degree Audit Report System (DARS); they may access this through their MyUCLA. All undergraduates who entered UCLA after the fall of 1988 Quarter can obtain a degree progress report (DPR) from the College of Letters and Science Counseling Office in A316 Murphy Hall. Students can also look up their DPRs on the University Records System Access (URSA). Students who entered before 1988 can have a degree check done. The Undergraduate Advisor will complete the major portion of the degree check, and the Letters and Science Counseling Office will evaluate the other requirements.

For students that entered the History major Fall 2018 and prior:

Fall 2018 and Prior History Major Requirement and Worksheet

For students that declare the History major Winter 2019 and thereafter:

Effective Winter 2019 History Major Requirement and Worksheet


The History Department Main Office does not give out grades. If you would like to know your grade, you may do so by visiting MyUCLA. If you have any questions about the grade you received in a class, please contact your professor. The professor of the course is responsible for the final grade and cannot be overruled by the Department.

The College advises students to avoid taking Incompletes if at all possible. Students must make up an incomplete by the end of the following quarter. The student must file a Petition for Removal of an Incomplete by the sixth week of the following quarter or the grade will automatically lapse to an "F". Incompletes are not granted automatically; you must request one from your professor. If you must take an incomplete, make arrangements for completing the necessary work as soon as possible.


P/NP Policy During Pandemic-Related Campus Closures

With the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 and how this may affect you or family you may care for, the Department of History will continue to permit History majors and minors (both History and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology) the option to take a max of two History courses Pass/Not Pass during the pandemic-related campus closures (which currently includes spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, winter 2021, and now spring and summer 2021).  

The Undergraduate Council has approved the following policies for Spring and Summer 2021:
1.  The deadline for changing the grading basis without a petition will be Friday of Week 9 for Spring 2021.
2. The deadline to change the grading basis without a petition for Summer will be Friday of the penultimate week of the session (I.e., week 2 for 3 week courses, Week 5 for a 6 week course, etc.).
3. College requirements (Writing I, Writing II, Diversity, and Quantitative Reasoning) may be satisfied with Passed grades for courses taken PNP in Spring and Summer.
4. Study list change fees will be waived through Week 9 of Spring quarter, and revert back to normal in Week 10.


If you must discontinue your studies for any reason before the end of the quarter in which you are enrolled, be sure to submit a withdrawal form. Otherwise you will receive Fs in your courses; this can make it difficult to reenter UCLA or any other university. Generally, students who leave the university in good standing and reapply for an "open" major are readmitted. Also be aware that withdrawal can affect your financial aid status. See the College of Letters and Science for withdrawal forms.

Career Planning and Graduate School

We urge students to utilize the services of the History Department Career Counselor or the UCLA Career Center early in their college careers. The department Career Counselor and Career Center provide students with many services including vocational planning and graduate school planning. Students who want to apply to professional schools or academic graduate schools should contact the department Career Counselor or Career Center and the various departmental advisors on campus. The History Graduate Counselor is Katherine Aquino, Bunche 6288. Students should realize that majoring in History does not preclude a career outside of academia. Most professional schools do not require a B.A. in a specific subject for admission, though they may require applicants to have taken specific courses. Thus students with B.A.s in History may apply to professional schools in business, law, and even medicine.

One of the most important aspects of applying to graduate school is having good, supportive letters of recommendation. Therefore, it is essential for you to get to know at least three professors. Do not expect to get a good letter from a professor who barely knows you. Begin early in your undergraduate career to make yourself known to your professors. Professors keep office hours, but one excellent way to meet and associate with professors is through undergraduate seminars and independent studies (History 97, 187, 191, and 199).

For students that entered the History Fall 2018 and prior