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. Stacy Fahrenthold to our faculty, beginning in fall 2017. Dr. Fahrenthold’s areas of specialization include the Middle East, Modern Assyrian History, Ancient Mediterranean History, the Ottoman Empire, and Migrants & Refugees. She earned her Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2014, and since then has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Middle Eastern History at Williams College, a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at California State University, Fresno.

Undergraduate and graduate history students from Stanislaus State participated in the annual Northern California Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Conference, held in spring 2017 at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Katie Jaycox was awarded second prize in the graduate student competition for her paper about early twentieth-century Assyrian migration to the San Joaquin Valley, titled “The New Eden: The Story of Dr. Isaac Adams.” We congratulate all our students for their fine papers and their contribution to the continued success of our campus chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.