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"

Outstanding Student in History award

Christopher Paintner was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Student in History this past May.


Mandatory Advising for All History Majors

The mandatory advising period for all History majors will be October 5th through October 16th. General History majors sign up here for advising appointment. Credential History majors sign up here.

History Writing Center

The History Writing Center (HWC) is here to help students improve their historical researching and writing skills. The HWC provides tutoring in a variety of related areas, including research methodology, finding and evaluating sources, proper citation, and tips specifically related to academic writing in the field of history. The HWC also offers editing services for draft papers, and provides advice on overcoming common stumbling blocks encountered by students.