History, BA, Social Science Teaching Concentration

Arts & Humanities (ah)

Department of History

Department Chair: Douglas Dodd

Office: Humanities Office Building (HOB), 131

Phone: (661) 654-3079

Email: cziegler@csub.edu


Program Description

History has been called the memory of human group experience, the collective record of all that has happened in the past, and the emotions, ideals, and values that have given human experience its sense of continuity, causation, and meaning. As an academic discipline, history is perhaps the broadest of the liberal arts, certainly the least restricted by subject and scope. It requires the development of analytical skills, the use of deductive and inductive reasoning, the mastery of knowledge from different cultures and epochs, and the ability to express ideas in clear, readable prose. The study of history has practical rewards as well. It provides students with a broad cultural background and inculcates skills of analysis and composition that are considered essential to the study of education, literature, law, government, communications, journalism, public service, and business.

Program Curriculum

The undergraduate curriculum in History is designed to prepare students to function effectively in an increasingly globalized world. It emphasizes the examination of historical events and developments through broad historical themes and cross-disciplinary histories. Required courses include lower-division courses in United States and world history designed to provide a broad foundation in national and global history, a lower-division course in historical methodology, an upper-division course in historical writing and advanced historical methods; and a capstone experience (Senior Seminar). Students will explore the wealth of human historical experience across time and place. They will take five courses in the history of the world’s regions, including the Americas, the Asian world, the Transatlantic world, the Mediterranean world, Europe, and Africa and the Middle East. They will also take three courses from at least two of the following themes: Empires; War and Freedom; Changing and Challenging Identities; and Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine. Finally, students will have an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have developed in an internship, supervised collaborative research, a public history course, or another project or setting.

American History and Institutions Requirements

Satisfaction of the American Institutions requirements shall be met by no less than one course in United States History and one other course in United States Government, or respective examinations administered by the History and Political Science Departments. Courses that satisfy the US history requirement are HIST 1218 Survey of US History to 1877 and HIST 1228 Survey of US History Since 1865, or their equivalents. For information about the United States History competency examination, see below.

Examination Procedure Statement

While the Department of History strongly advises all students to meet the history portion of the American Institutions Requirement through classroom experience, an alternative is available to those who want to fulfill the requirement by challenge examination. A student who intends to challenge the requirement by examination must apply to the Department of History during the first three weeks of the semester. A student who waits until the senior year to challenge the history requirement may jeopardize graduating on schedule.

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The Department of History accepts scores of 3 or better on Advanced Placement examinations in United States History, European History, and World History as satisfying the most nearly equivalent lower-division courses in the major.