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 two new faculty members in Fall 2019, Dr. Ashley Black and Dr. Erin Hughes.

Dr. Ashley Black, a historian of Latin America, specializes in the political history of post-revolutionary Mexico and U.S.–Latin American Relations. In both teaching and research, she highlights the social, political, and cultural connections that bind together the countries of the Americas. Her research examines Mexican asylum policy, using the Mexican government’s relations with political asylum-seekers as a window into foreign relations. She earned her Ph.D. from Stonybrook University in New York.

Dr. Erin Hughes has a joint appointment with the Department of History and the Department of Political Science. Her expertise is in Global Affairs, especially the Middle East, and she specializes in the political sociology of migrants and refugees. In Fall 2019 she is offering HIST 4940: Modern Assyrian History. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.