NOTE: Submissions for the 2015-16 school year are due to the Big History Project by August 15th

To be admitted to the University of California, students must take a total of 15 “A-G” courses in high school, including at least two History/Social Science courses. In order to preserve the high standards for admission to the University of California, courses must be reviewed and approved in advance before they can be counted toward admission. Each course must be individually submitted to the Office of the President and meet strenuous requirements for approval.


Big History Project-World History (BHP-World History) has been approved as an ‘A’ History/Social Science course. This version integrates about six weeks’ worth of World History content, and is slightly compressed in order to make time for that additional content.

Want to teach Big History Project-World History at your school with UC approval?
The Big History Project has been approved as a program by the University of California. This means you do not have to submit your application with the UC. Instead, you must submit your application to the Big History Project, and then simply notify the UC. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Review the BHP-World History course plan, available here.
  2. Using the BHP course plan template, document how you plan to teach the course at your school. Note that you only need to detail any differences from the standard course plan. We expect most schools will change about 10 percent of the course. If you want to make more substantive changes, let us know and we can work with you to help create a version that fits your needs.
  3. Email your course plan to us at Help us out by putting UC Approval in the subject line. Be sure to attach your course plan to the mail.

We will review your plan and get back to you within a couple of weeks. Once you have received approval from us, you will need to send a notification to the University of California that you’re planning to teach a previously approved course. The University of California has created a set of instructions we hope you’ll find helpful.

Drop us a line at We’ll do everything we can to help!

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