Department of History

Welcome to CSUF's Department of History. With about 400 undergraduate History majors, about 100 Master's students, 20 full-time faculty, 16 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 " 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 engaging 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 at 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 nonprofit and volunteer organizers; and as politicians and 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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