Feb 08, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Department Chair: David A. Shafer

Department Office: Faculty Offices 2 (FO2), Room 106
Telephone: (562) 985-4431
Website: http://www.cla.csulb.edu/departments/history/

Faculty: Emily Berquist, Jeff Blutinger, Isacar Bolaños, Patricia A. Cleary, Kenneth Curtis, Jane Dabel, Ali Igmen, Rajbir Singh Judge, Andrew Jenks,Marie Kelleher, Margaret Kuo, Guotong Li, Eileen Luhr, Brett Mizelle, Caitlin Murdock, Ulices Piña, Charles Ponce De Leon, Sarah Schrank, Michiko Takeuchi, Nancy L. Quam-Wickham, Hugh Wilford


Undergraduate: Ali Igmen, Jane Dabel

Core Coordinator: Jane Dabel

Credential: Eileen Luhr

Graduate: Caitlin Murdock

Office Manager: Susan Tsuji

College: College of Liberal Arts  

Courses: HIST  

Career Possibilities

Historian • Writer • Editor • Administrators in Historic and Cultural Preservation • Teacher • Museum Curator • Multimedia Specialist • Lawyer • Political Consultant •  Journalist • College Instructor • Film Maker • Human Resources Manager • Advertising Analyst • Systems Analyst • Executive (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see the CSULB Careers Website.)


Department advising is available to all students interested in a major, minor, or a teaching credential. Students are strongly encouraged to see an advisor early in the development of their programs. Undergraduate majors should see History department staff to fill out a work sheet before meeting with the Undergraduate Advisor. Students interested in the M.A. program should contact History department staff for application information. Graduate students should see the Graduate Advisor. Applicants for the Social Science Credential Single Subject Program must see Credential Advisors. All advisors maintain extended hours during the semester and are available at other times by appointment. The department has open advising days in the week prior to each new semester; call the department for information.


Students in the B.A. in History will demonstrate basic research skills, writing skills, and presentation skills.

The History Department awards many scholarships and prizes to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. For further information about these awards, given annually, inquire at the Department office no later than the beginning of the spring semester. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the Department’s facilitator program for which they may earn units in the major; see Department staff for applications. Graduate assistantships and readerships are also frequently available to qualified graduate and undergraduate students. The Department recruits outstanding students for Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for History students. The Department of History offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts degree. The candidate is responsible for observation of the general requirements stated in this catalog as well as specific departmental requirements listed in the M.A. brochure, available on request from the Department office.

General Education Requirement in United States History

To fulfill State of California requirements, students must take three (3) units of U.S. history. This requirement can be met by HIST 172  or HIST 173  or HIST 300  (for non-HIST majors only). Students who have taken U.S. history at another institution should check with the History Department before enrolling.


    Graduate and Professional DegreesUndergraduate DegreesMinor



      Note: General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

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