Programs Offered 

  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Minor in History

As a discipline that documents and interprets continuity and change through time, California State University Channel Islands' History Program prepares students to search into the human experience, as well as to communicate and analyze historical interpretations and ideas, verbally and in the written form. An emphasis of the program is to examine events from local and global perspectives. In this regard, a defining aspect of the History Program consists of a cutting-edge series of courses that emphasize the United States' relationship with the Pacific Rim, encompassing the Americas, the Pacific Islands, and Asia.

In support of the University's commitment to an interdisciplinary education, the History Program affords students the opportunity to integrate into their plan of study cross-listed history courses as well as subjects outside the discipline to be utilized as part of their electives. Furthermore, the History Program promotes community based applied research by placing student interns within public, private, and non-profit institutions as part of its degree requirement.

Careers

The History program trains students in the art of inquiry and effective communication. Students with a History degree will be prepared to continue their graduate and post-baccalaureate education. Many history students also find careers in law, education, journalism, or foreign service.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the History program will possess:

  • good understanding and knowledge of the history of North America;
  • good understanding and knowledge of global history in other regions of the world;
  • good knowledge and problem-solving skills in analyzing contemporary and historical events;
  • good communication skills in oral and written forms; and
  • good skills in historical research, analysis, and presentations.

Faculty

Nian-Sheng Huang, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Co-Chair, History Program
Sage Hall, Room 2137
(805) 437-8879
nian-sheng.huang@csuci.edu

Frank Barajas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Academic Advisor for History
Sage Hall, Room 2037
(805) 437-8862
frank.barajas@csuci.edu

Rainer Buschmann, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Academic Advisor for History
Sage Hall, Room 2145
(805) 437-8995
rainer.buschmann@csuci.edu

Marie Francois, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Co-Chair, History Program
Sage Hall, Room 2141
(805) 437-3123
marie.francois@csuci.edu

Contact Information

http://history.csuci.edu/
history@csuci.edu

Requirements For The Bachelor of Arts Degree In History (120 units)

(Except for the capstone category, all courses listed below are 3 units)

Lower Division Required Courses (15 units)

6 units of World Civilizations
HIST 211 World Civilizations: Origins to 1500*
HIST 212 World Civilizations: Since 1500*

6 units of American History
HIST 270 The United States to 1877
HIST 271 The United States Since 1877
HIST 275 The United States to 1900(for LS majors)
also

HIST 272 Constitutional History of the USA

3 units in Methodology
HIST 280 The Historian's Craft*
* Courses fulfilling GE requirement
Courses fulfilling the Title V requirement

Upper Division Required Courses (31-33 units)

9-12 units in History of North America

Students should select at least three courses from the following list:
HIST 333 History of Southern California Chicana/o Art*
HIST 334 Narratives of Southern California*
HIST 335 American Ethnic Images in Novels and Film*
HIST 349 History of Business and Economics in North America*
HIST 350 Chicano History and Culture
HIST 369 California History and Culture
HIST 370 United States Colonial History
HIST 371 The Founding of the United States
HIST 372 United States Industrialization and Progressivism
HIST 373 American Labor History
HIST 374 United States since 1945
HIST 402 Southern California Chicano/a History and Culture*
HIST 403 The American Intellectual Tradition
HIST 420 History of Mexico
HIST 421 Revolutionary Mexico, 1876-1930
HIST 470 People and Everyday Life in Early America

9-12 units in World History

Students should select at least three courses from the following list:

HIST 310 History of the Mediterranean
HIST 319 European History, 1871-1945
HIST 320 European History 1945 to the Present
HIST 340 History & Psychology of Nazi Germany*
HIST 365 Themes in World History
HIST 366 Oceans of World History
HIST 367 Environmental History
HIST 380 Pacific Islands History
HIST 391 Traditional China
HIST 392 Modern China
HIST 393 Contemporary China
HIST 394 Traditional Japan
HIST 395 Modern Japan
HIST 396 East Asia: Then and Now
HIST 410 Global Perspectives on the History of Science
HIST 436 Psychology and History of Asian Warrior Cultures*
HIST 442 The African Diaspora*

6 units in Thematic History

Students should select two courses from the following list:

HIST 365 Themes in World History*
HIST 366 Oceans of World History
HIST 367 Environmental History
HIST 410 Global Perspectives on the History of Science
HIST 412 Law and Society*
HIST 413 World Religions and Classical Philosophy*
HIST 414 Women in History
HIST 415 Society and Radicalism
Special Topics-Can be used to fulfill major requirements, see Major advisor.
HIST 490 Special Topics

3 units in Historiography

HIST 491 Historiography

1-3 units in Capstone or Internship or Service Learning

HIST 492 Internship/Service Learning (1-3)
HIST 494 Independent Research (1-3)
HIST 497 Directed Studies (1-3)
HIST 499 Capstone in History (1-3)
46-48 units required for the major
24-26 units of free electives in any discipline
48 units of General Education
120 Total Units for Graduation

About Double-Counting for History Majors

  1. Courses double counted from the requirements by both the History Program and GE would increase the standard units (24-26) for free electives.
  2. According to the GE requirements, students should take nine units from those interdisciplinary courses numbered 330-349 and 430-449, and six of the nine units can be double counted. History majors are encouraged, but not required, to select from the following interdisciplinary courses offered by the History Program:

HIST 333 History of Southern California
Chicana/o Art
HIST 334 Narratives of Southern California
HIST 335 American Ethnic Images in Novels and Film
HIST 340 History and Psychology of Nazi Germany
HIST 349 History of Business and Economics in North America
HIST 436 Psychology and History of Asian Warrior Cultures
HIST 442 The African Diaspora

Requirements For The Minor In History (18 units)

Affords non-majors the opportunity to investigate the historical complexities of societies and movements and their legacies in the present. Therefore the minor serves as a primer to the scholarly appreciation of the past.

Lower Division Requirements (9 units)

Students must select three lower division History courses. They must select at least one course from each area listed below:

World History

HIST 211 World Civilizations: Origins to 1500 (3)
HIST 212 World Civilizations: Since 1500 (3)
or
Articulated transfer courses of African, Asian, Latin American or Western Civilization based on history advisor's approval may be substituted.

American History

HIST 270 The United States to 1877 (3)
HIST 271 The United States since 1877 (3)
HIST 272 Constitutional History of the U.S. (3)

Methodology

HIST 280 The Historian's Craft (3)

Upper Division Requirements (9 units)

Students must select any three courses from the program's upper-division offerings.