2018-2019 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, Joshua Jeffers, Andrea Johnson, Bianca Murillo, Laura Talamante, Doris Namala

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, Lynne Loeb, Clement Okafor Udeze

Program Description

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. It also provides tools to identify and analyze the processes of historical development that have shaped the world we live in today. One cannot understand the present without carefully studying the past.
The CSUDH History Department offers three degree programs: a 45-unit Bachelor of Arts, a 63-unit Bachelor of Arts Education Option, and a minor. Students in both major degree programs complete two lower-division pre-requisite courses in world history before attaining upper-division status. These courses introduce students to the patterns of change and continuity that shaped ancient, classical, post-classical and modern societies as they learn how historians find and evaluate evidence. Upper-division courses study specific eras and topics in greater depth. Students in both major programs complete a sequence of disciplinary methods courses (HIS 300, HIS 400, and HIS 490), in which they learn the skills necessary to engage in independent historical inquiry. The 45-Unit Bachelor of Arts degree program is designed to allow students maximum flexibility to tailor their course of study to their interests and needs; the 63-unit History Education Option is recommended for students interested in teaching history and social science is grades 7-12. Completion of the Education Option degree with a GPA of 2.85 or better satisfies the California Teacher Credentialing Commission’s subject matter competency requirement, enabling graduates to enter post-baccalaureate teacher credential programs without completing the CSET exam in social science. To earn a minor in History, students complete fifteen units by taking five upper-division electives.

Academic Advisement
To facilitate student attainment of academic and career goals, the History Department requires all majors to meet with a faculty advisor each semester prior to class registration. Faculty advisors provide students with information about departmental requirements, course availability, coursework expectations, internship and scholarship opportunities, and career options. Students are also strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor before applying for graduation. Faculty mentors also help students prepare for graduate work in history, education, and other related fields.

Career Possibilities
The study of history emphasizes not only the acquisition of knowledge about a diverse range of global societies; it also develops transferrable skills and a commitment to civic engagement. It thus prepares undergraduates for a wide range of career opportunities. According to a recent study by the American Historical Association, students who earn Bachelor’s degrees in history work in a variety of fields, including education (as teachers and administrators), management, law, government, the non-profit sector, libraries, museums, and archives. Approximately half of those who earn Bachelor’s degrees in history go on to earn Master’s degrees, professional degrees in related fields, or a Ph.D. Again, students who are preparing for a career teaching social science in grades 7-12 are encouraged to enroll in the History Education Option. Completion of this degree option is the first step toward meeting the state’s requirements for a teaching credential. Department advisors regularly provide students with information about both career resources on campus and opportunities for study abroad, internships, and scholarships.

Student Life
The Department hosts two student organizations: the CSUDH History Club, a student organization open to all CSUDH students, and local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history majors. The Tau Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.
The Department sponsors two annual scholarship programs for history majors: the Jack T. Kilfoil Scholarship, and the Pamela D. Emerson Environmental and Social Justice Scholarship. Each academic year, students also have two opportunities to publish their work in The Toro Historical Review, the undergraduate journal of the CSUDH History Department.