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 answers-or, more specifically, a choice of answers. CSU Stanislaus offers you the chance to study the varieties of history, explore your own favorite corners of the past, and effectively communicate what you've 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.


At the annual Northern California conference of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, held at California State University, Chico, on April 11–12, History M.A. student Brandon Guzman was awarded third prize in the graduate division for his superb research paper, “Cattle and Power: The Origin of California’s Cattle Industry and the Political Power It Came with in the Nineteenth Century.” The History Department will be hosting next year’s conference at CSU Stanislaus in Spring 2015.

Three History M.A. graduates have been accepted to extremely competitive Ph.D. programs for Fall 2014. Alexandra Vicknair will be attending Arizona State University; Joel Virgen will be attending the University of California, Davis; and Samantha Williams will be attending the University of California, Santa Cruz. The History Department is proud of their extraordinary accomplishments, and of the department’s fine record in placing our graduates in top-tier doctoral programs.