American History and Institutions

Every candidate for a bachelor’s degree must demonstrate knowledge of American history and institutions. Fulfill this requirement in one of the following ways:*

  • Achieving a score of 550 or higher on the SAT Subject Examination in U.S. History
  • Achieving a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in U.S. History, or by achieving a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IBH History of the Americas Examination
  • Completing a college-level course in U.S. history and institutions
  • Certification of completion of the requirement on a transcript from an accredited California institution of higher education
  • Completing an acceptable history or government course in high school that satisfies the subject requirement for admission to the university, described in Subject Requirements.

A list of courses that fulfill the American History and Institutions requirement, as well as information for satisfying this requirement outside UCSC, is available here. Students may also search for AH&I courses from California Community Colleges via's transfer articulation agreements.