College Of Humanities and Fine Arts


The History Department is 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.

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Contact Us

Department of History

Faculty and Staff

Trinity Hall, Room 223

Mailing Address
400 W. First St.
Chico, CA 95929-0735


Majors, Minors, and Degrees

See the course listings, descriptions, and requirements for each academic offering.

Degrees in History


The Master of Arts in History

The MA in History graduate program provides students with in-depth knowledge about the origins and development of peoples in the past and perfect their ability to conduct advanced research and writing. Graduates of the program will be equipped to make significant and independent contributions to the field of history and will be prepared for successful professional careers.

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Why Choose History at Chico State

Small Classes, Big Impact

Caring instructors, often in major classes of twenty students. Students have gone on to PhD programs at UCLA and UC-Davis, among others. Meet our Faculty and Staff.

One of Just a Few

Our Public History program is one of just a few in California. The “Careers for Historians” class explores various job paths.

Develop Your Writing Skills

History students develop their academic and professional writing skills with the help of our History Writing Cooperative.

Student-Produced Annual Journal

The student-produced annual journal, The Chico Historian, publishes students’ work for a wide audience.

Learning Experience

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Faculty Researchers Energize History Instruction

The History faculty includes active researchers in their fields of specialization, bringing fresh perspectives to the classroom.


Notable Scholars Visit Chico

Annual Cowden Memorial Lecture brings prominent historians to Chico, including award-winning authors Elizabeth Ellis (Princeton) and Jefferson Cowie (Vanderbilt).

Student Life

Join the History Club

A very active History Club that sponsors field trips, game nights, historical movie gatherings, and more.

Attend Regional Conferences

Our chapter of the national History honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, participates in—and wins awards at—regional conferences.

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Student and Alumni Stories

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5 Questions with History Alumna and Author Sonia Robles

As the Mexican workforce moved north into the United States beginning in the 1930s, Mexican-owned radio stations followed—alumna Sonia Robles (History, '05) documented this in her book, "Mexican Waves."

Campus Views

History Majors Embrace Groundbreaking Research with Inaugural Adelante Grants

Three history majors—Vivian Hernandez, Jose Valadez, and Juan Vega—tackled topics much of the world knows little about with support from a national grant.

HFA Student Ambassador Jorge Munguia

Jorge is pursuing the Social Science Pre-Credential option within the History major. He plans to become a high school history teacher. Jorge is an officer in the History Club, a History student ambassador for the College of HFA.

What Can I Do with a Degree in History?

Hear from alumni and faculty of the History program at Chico State in this video recording of a career night hosted by the History Club.

Get familiar with common career paths of history majors, how to prepare for a graduate program in history, and other tips for people interested in pursuing a degree in history.

Choose Chico

With one of the highest 4-year graduation rates in the CSU system and lowest average student debt amounts in the country, Chico State offers one of the nation’s highest returns on investment.

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