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"


Slavery on Free Soil: California's Unfree Past

Professor Stacey Smith, from Oregon State University, explores the struggles between California masters and slaves, between Northerners and Southerners, and between free soil and proslavery advocates while explaining how these conflicts transformed the nation in the decade leading up to the Civil War.

Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

Free Event

The Great War and the World It Created

Join the Department of History at Chico State for a roundtable discussion on the causes and consequences of the First World War.

Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall (PAC 134)

Wednesday, November 5th at 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public


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).