2017-2018 Catalog


History Program Learning Outcomes

College of Arts and Humanities  

Department of History

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Roadmaps

History/Social Science Education Option


Specific History Subject Matter Authorization


Christopher Monty, Department Chair

Kate Fawver, Jim Jeffers, Andrea Johnson, Bianca Murillo, Laura Talamante

Department Office: LCH A-342, (310) 243-3328

Emeriti Faculty

Enrique Cortes, Judson A. Grenier, Donald Teruo Hata, Nancy Hollander, Howard Holter, James Jeffers, Donald A. MacPhee, Linda Pomerantz, Frank Stricker, Clement Okafor Udeze

Program Description

A careful study of the past helps us better understand the present. History as an academic and professional discipline continually looks for the best ways to help us understand times, people, and places very different from our own. The department offers an undergraduate major and minor in history. It provides history subject matter content for teachers in Liberal Studies and for those interested in pursuing a career as a history/social science teacher, grades 7-12. The program’s curriculum also provides students with the breadth of knowledge and skills necessary to pursue graduate training in history. History majors may apply for the Jack Kilfoil scholarship. Consult the history department for more information.


The history program offers a wide range of topical and area courses. Lower-division survey courses help students make connections between the events and persons of the past as they learn how historians find and evaluate evidence. Upper-division courses study specific eras and topics in greater depth. The three courses required of all majors, HIS 300, 400, and 490, give students a solid understanding of the terms, methods, and theories historians use in the study of the past, and equip them to engage in historical enquiry on topics of interest to them. History courses are useful either as general electives or as part of several interdisciplinary majors.

Academic Advisement

The history program is designed to allow students maximum flexibility to tailor their major to their interests and needs. Students should therefore seek faculty advisement upon entering the program and routinely thereafter. Faculty advisors work with students to provide information about departmental requirements, course availability, coursework, internship opportunities and career options. Advisors will also help students prepare for graduate work in history and related fields. All history majors must have on file a History Advisement Form, available from the department office. Students expecting to graduate must also fill out a Graduation Advisement Form by the third week of the semester prior to the expected semester of graduation. Both forms must be filled out in consultation with department faculty or a designated history department undergraduate advisor.


High school students are encouraged to take broadly based humanities and social science courses. Students transferring from community colleges may apply appropriate lower division courses in world civilization towards the major.

Career Possibilities

The study of history will give students an understanding of modern society through a review of the past and introduce them to a diversity of cultures in historical perspective. Students will find the history major helpful if they plan to: 1) teach at the primary or secondary school level; 2) pursue graduate degrees in history or related fields; 3) work for United States governmental agencies or in local government service, or for private organizations where the ability to do research is essential; 4) work in business contexts where the ability to think critically and communicate clearly and persuasively are important; 5) study law; or 6) work in contexts where research abilities and a broad understanding of society are important such as managing local history projects, fundraising, museums, archives, and libraries.

In addition, students may prepare for a career in teaching Social Science at the secondary level (junior high or high school) by completing an approved "Subject Matter Preparation Program." Completion of such a program is the first step in meeting the state requirements for a teaching credential. Interested students should consult with a faculty advisor for current information.

Student Organizations

Phi Alpha Theta: An international history honor society. The Tau Epsilon chapter promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

Graduation With Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in History provided he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the faculty of the History Department.