History Department

Welcome to the History Department of California State University, Chico, located on the top floor of Trinity Hall in the heart of the campus. We are a community engaged in that most serious and intellectually rewarding of pursuits, the study of the past, the living past, that continues to shape our present and our future.

In this Web site you will find information about both our course offerings, how to become a history major or minor, as well as about our graduate program and our certificate in public history. Browsing our faculty biographies you will discover why our faculty is one of the most honored on campus for its scholarship, teaching, and service. You can also learn about our vibrant student organizations.

Of course, please feel free as well to stop by Trinity Hall and visit us.

For videos of recent History Public Lectures, Cowden Memorial Speakers, and History Roundtable discussions click here

And find us on Facebook

And just for fun "19 things only a history major will understand"


Professor Tim Sistrunk awarded first-ever Outstanding Lecturer Award on Dec. 2, 2014

Professor Sistrunk, who teaches our most popular GE classes and has spearheaded efforts to promote the Sustainability GE pathway, was chosen to receive this award by the Faculty Recognition and Support Committee (FRAS). The video link shows President Zingg making the surprise award presentation in one of Professor Sistrunk’s classes.


Professor Kate Transchel awarded Outstanding Faculty Advisor for 2014-2015

The good news keeps pouring in for the History Department! FRAS selected Professor Transchel in recognition of her work with graduate students and student groups, including STOP! (Stop Trafficking of Persons). This link shows President Zingg making the surprise announcement in one of Dr. Kate’s classes.


Department of History Newsletter

Through History News we hope to reach the community of Chico State history alumni, current students, and friends of the department, informing them of the works and days of our faculty but also asking to hear of their news and views. History News (pdf).