Department of History

How did we get where we are today? What caused past events? What differences did individuals make? If these and other questions intrigue you, history has the answersor, more specifically, a choice of answers. Stanislaus State offers you the chance to study the varieties of history, explore your own favorite corners of the past, and effectively communicate what you have discovered.

A History degree can take you into teaching, law, business, journalism, politics, museum administration, TV and film documentary, civil service, the military, and many other fields. History graduates have also landed jobs in secondary schools and junior colleges across the state, as well as many historical organizations.

Become educated for the information age. Master techniques of research, writing, and speaking in order to find, evaluate, and interpret information. These skills foster both success in any career and a broader and deeper understanding of today’s world. Let the History program prepare you for the classroom, the courtroom, or the boardroom.

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The Department of History is delighted to welcome Dr. Paul Strauss to our faculty, beginning in fall 2018. Dr. Strauss’s areas of specialization include Medieval and Early Modern Europe (including England), the German Reformation, and the Renaissance. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 2016. He also holds an M.A. in Education, History/Social Science from Truman State University in Missouri. Dr. Strauss joins us from Western Kentucky University, where he taught during the 2017-18 academic year.