History Department

Welcome to the 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.

On this website, you will find information about our course offerings, how to become a history major or minor, as well information on our graduate program or certificate in Public History.

Browsing our faculty biographies, you will discover why our faculty is one of the most honored on campus for their scholarship, experience, and service. This website also provides information about our student organizations.

Watch videos of presentations here: History Public Lectures, Cowden Memorial Speakers, and History Roundtable discussions(opens in new window)


History Faculty Participate in 'Conversations on Equity and Diversity' (COEDI)

Dr. Gloria Lopez

Multiple Voices, One “Monument”: Negotiating Ethnic Heritage in Los Angeles

Historic places help define and distinguish our communities by building a sense of shared heritage and identity. The creation of an inclusive heritage serves as an ongoing negotiation process that reflects the divisive subtleties of living in a multicultural society and reminds us of the importance of our continued critical engagement with the past. Dr. Lopez discussed how fashioning the public memory of a major city like Los Angeles results in a decades-long impasse at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.

Dr. Shawn Schwaller 

White Supremacy and the State of Jefferson

Dr. Schwaller's talk was based on a three-part series he wrote for the Redding-based independent news and journalism company A News Cafe, on the current incarnation of the State of Jefferson movement to separate rural Northern California from the rest of the state. Dr. Schwaller gave a brief history of the State of Jefferson movement and discussed how leaders of the movement embrace white supremacist and queerphobic notions of society. Dr. Schwaller also shared how the movement has simultaneously attracted the support of extremist groups like the Proud Boys and politicians such as District 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa.  

Recent History Club Trips

San Francisco Trip to Russian Orthodox Churches
Russian Orthodox Church
San Francisco MOMA & de Young Museum Field Trip
Diego Rivera MOMA artwork