Department of History
Up-to-date department information may be found on this website or by visiting the Department of History Padlet.
During the time period when CSULB is offering History courses online only, the Department of History office will be open only intermittently as faculty and staff observe distancing protocols. Should you need to reach our staff, please email Susan Tsuji. Should you need to reach the chair of the Department of History, please email David Shafer. And should you need to reach the chair of American Studies, please email Brett Mizelle. Contact information for our advisors may be found on the advising page.
We are a vibrant community of students, staff and faculty. We offer the B.A. and M.A. degrees in History, as well as the History minor. We are also the home of other degree-granting programs in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. We house both the Social Science Credential program for students who want to become secondary teachers, and the Oral History program. We also publish the only national historical pedagogical journal affiliated with our primary professional organization, the American Historical Association.
Our award-winning faculty members share their expertise with students, in the classroom and beyond. They are dedicated to providing students with a first-rate history education. In fact, our historians are known for their superb teaching ability, their research prominence, and their deep concern for students. We take seriously our commitment to students.
We expect our students to develop historical thinking skills and practices in their courses, for a superior education in History involves far more than simply learning facts. Our students learn to think critically, read carefully and perceptively, write convincingly, carry out research in virtually any medium, and to become true life-long learners. These are valuable skills that we know our graduates take into the world after they leave CSULB. Our students are extraordinarily successful, going on to productive careers in business, education, government service, and many other fields. Please take a moment to look through our resources on this site.
Learn what an education in History can do for you. Share in our successes. Let us know if you have any questions!