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 be able to:

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

Faculty

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

Nian-Sheng Huang, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Academic Advisor for History
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

James Meriwether, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Academic Advisor for History
Sage Hall, Room 2021
(805) 437-3313
james.meriwether@csuci.edu

Contact Information

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

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

Required for the Major (46-48)
Free Electives in any Discipline (24-26)
General Education (48)
Total (120)

Lower Division Required Courses (15 units)

World Civilizations (6 units)

HIST 211* World Civilizations: Origins to 1500 (3)
HIST 212* World Civilizations: Since 1500 (3)

American History (6 units)

HIST 270† The United States to 1877 (3)
HIST 271† The United States Since 1877 (3)

Methodology (3 units)

HIST 280* The Historian’s Craft*

* Courses fulfilling GE requirement
† Courses fulfilling the American Institutions requirement

Upper Division Required Courses (31-33 units)

History of North America (9-12 units)

Students should select at least three courses from the following list:
HIST 333* History of Southern California Chicana/o Art (ART) (3)
HIST 334* Narratives of Southern California (ENGL) (3)
HIST 335* American Ethnic Images in Novels and Film (ART/ENGL) (3)
HIST 349* History of Business and Economics in North America (BUS/ECON) (3)
HIST 350† Chicano History and Culture (CHS) (3)
HIST 351 History of African Americans (3)
HIST 369 California History and Culture (3)
HIST 370 United States Colonial History (3)
HIST 371 The Founding of the United States (3)
HIST 372 United States Industrialization and Progressivism (3)
HIST 373 American Labor History (3)
HIST 374 United States Since 1945 (3)
HIST 401 United States Immigration History, 1840-1945 (3)
HIST 402* Southern California Chicana/o History and Culture (3)
HIST 403 The American Intellectual Tradition (3)
HIST 420 History of Mexico (3)
HIST 421 Revolutionary Mexico, 1876-1930 (3)
HIST 470 People and Everyday Life in Early America (3)

World History (9-12 units)

Students should select at least three courses from the following list:
HIST 310 History of the Mediterranean (3)
HIST 319 European History, 1871-1945 (3)
HIST 320 European History, 1945 to the Present (3)
HIST 330* History of Science: Non-western Origins and the Western Revolution (CHEM) (3)
HIST 340* History and Psychology of Nazi Germany PSY) (3)
HIST 342* Environmental History (ESRM) (3)
HIST 360* History of Colonial Latin America (3)
HIST 361* History of Modern Latin America (3)
HIST 365* Themes in World History (3)
HIST 366 Oceans of World History (3)
HIST 380 History of the Pacific Islands (3)
HIST 391 Traditional China (3)
HIST 392 Modern China (3)
HIST 393 Contemporary China (3)
HIST 394 Traditional Japan (3)
HIST 395 Modern Japan (3)
HIST 396 East Asia: Then and Now (3)
HIST 436* Psychology and History of East Asian Warrior Cultures (PSY) (3)
HIST 442* The African Diaspora (ANTH) (3)
HIST 451* History of Africa Since 1800 (3)
HIST 452* History of Southern Africa Since 1600 (3)

Thematic History (6 units)

Students should select two courses from the following list:
HIST 330* History of Science: Non-western Origins and the Western Revolution (CHEM) (3)
HIST 338* Theatre in History (PA) (3)
HIST 342 Environmental History (ESRM) (3)
HIST 365* Themes in World History (3)
HIST 366 Oceans of World History (3)
HIST 412* Law and Society (3)
HIST 413* World Religions and Classical Philosophies (3)
HIST 414 Women in History (3)
HIST 415 Society and Radicalism (3)

Historiography (3 units)

HIST 491 Historiography (3)

Capstone or Internship or Service Learning (1-3 units)

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)

Special Topics

(Can be used to fulfill major requirement--see Major advisor)
HIST 490 Special Topics (3)

Double-Counting for History Majors

Courses double counted from the requirements by both the History Program and GE would increase the standard units (24-26) for electives.

According to the GE requirements, students should take nine units from those interdisciplinary courses numbered 330-349 and 430-449. Six of the nine units can be double counted and three of the nine units must be outside the major.

History majors are encouraged, but not required, to select from the following interdisciplinary courses offered by the History Program in satisfying the GE Interdisciplinary requirements:

HIST 333 History of Southern California Chicana/o Art (ART) (3)
HIST 334 Narratives of Southern California (ENGL) (3)
HIST 335 American Ethnic Images in Novels and Film (ART/ENGL) (3)
HIST 340 History and Psychology of Nazi Germany (PSY) (3)
HIST 349 History of Business and Economics in North America (BUS/ECON) (3)
HIST 430 Tradition and Transformation: Literature, History and Cultural Change (ENGL) (3)
HIST 436 Psychology and History of East Asian Warrior Cultures (PSY) (3)
HIST 442 The African Diaspora (ANTH) (3)

Electives

HIST 272† Constitutional History of the US (3)
HIST 275† The United States to 1900 (3) (for LS majors)
HIST 331* Narratives of the Working Class (ECON/ENGL/SOC/POLS) (3)
HIST 430* Tradition and Transformation: Literature, History and Cultural Change (ENGL) (3)
HIST 445* Chicano Child and Adolescence (EDUC) (4)

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 (3 units)

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

American History (3 units)

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 (3 units)

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.