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Address: Department of History, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92834. Office: H-815F, (657) 278-3474, E-mail

Department of History

A Big Thank You for a Big Heart: Announcing the “Gordon Bakken Book Fund.”
Gordon Bakken has long been a generous supporter of students, faculty, and staff at CSUF, particularly in the Department of History and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  A dedicated teacher, a prolific scholar, and a dear colleague, Dr. Bakken is also notorious for the number of books he requires students to purchase (and read) for his classes.  Therefore, it seems fitting to honor his dedication to CSUF and its students through the establishment of the “Bakken Book Fund.”  This scholarship for undergraduate history majors will give its first awards in Spring 2015.
Gifts may be given to support this fund via a check (made payable to the CSFPF or Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation) or credit card by either calling the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation at 657-278-4180 or securely online at  If giving via check, please note the "Bakken Book Fund, HSS" in the memo portion of the check and mail to the address below.  If making a gift online, please select "College of Humanities and Social Sciences" under the "Designation" button, then select "Scholarship" and note "Bakken Book Fund" in the light blue box.  Please contact Alina Mircea-Trotz for any questions at 657-278-2559 or
Bakken Book Fund
c/o Alina Mircea-Trotz, DOD
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Cal State Fullerton
PO Box 6850, H211
Fullerton, CA 92834

Welcome to CSUF's Department of History. With several hundred undergraduate History majors, about 200 Master's students, 24 full-time faculty, 30 lecturers, 4 office-staff members, and a wide range of course offerings covering all periods of History, most regions of the globe, and many different topics and approaches, this is a vibrant and diverse academic community, and an exciting place to work and study.

CSUF offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History, the Minor in History, and the Master of Arts (M.A.) in History. Our department provides academic advisement for these courses of study, as well as the Credential Program (also known as the "Historic Social Science Subject Matter Preparation Program." Our undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in our Internship Program, become involved in our Center for Oral and Public History, apply for membership in our award-winning chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, and submit their research papers for publication in our nationally acclaimed student journal, The Welebaethan.

Training as a historian hones a number of highly valued, transferable skills. Historians turn a challenge into a research question, devise a research plan, conduct systematic research, organize and analyze their findings, and are prepared to present and discuss their results in a logical and appealing manner. Historians pay close attention to issues of difference, context, and process. And, since everything and everybody has a history, historians are naturally inclined toward interdisciplinary work.

One can find trained historians in a wide range of jobs: as teachers and professors on all levels of instruction; as archivists, librarians, information scientists, and museum curators; as writers, journalists, and publishers; as associates and executives in businesses that require exceptional research, writing, and people skills; as administrators in many different fields; as legal professionals, law enforcement officers, and government officials; as charity and volunteer organizers; and as politicians and international diplomats.

Thank you very much for your interest in CSUF’s Department of History. We hope you will enjoy browsing through our webpages, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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News & Headlines 

  • Phi Alpha Theta News: The Theta-Pi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at CSU Fullerton has won the nationwide Best Chapter Award (Nels A. Cleven Award) for 2014 in Division VI, the division of the largest universities in the competition. Kudos to Ms. Nicole Arnold, the immediate past president of the chapter.

  • New Publication: Professor Maged Mikhail's new book, From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt, was published in September 2014.

  • New Department Chair: Professor Nancy Fitch is the new department chair as of August 18, 2014.

  • Phi Alpha Theta News: Professor Jochen Burgtorf was elected and installed as national vice president of the society on Jan. 4, 2014.