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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 Web site, 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 recent here: History Public Lectures, Cowden Memorial Speakers, and History Roundtable discussions(opens in new window)

Professor Stephen Lewis on his new book, December 4 at 5pm via Zoom in Spanish
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History Roundtable Discussion November 17, 2020

'The Future of Democracy'

A History Roundtable Discussion, hosted by the Alpha Delta Omicron Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club.

Presenters: Dr. James Matray, Dr. Kate Transchel and Dr. Shawn Schwaller

Link to presentation:

History Student Wins Prestigious Award

vivian hernandezHistory major Vivian Hernandez has been awarded a prestigious Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award for 2020-2021! Mrs. Fern Rawlins established the award to recognize excellence in the classroom, a robust record of community service, and the promise of future success.

Congratulations, Vivian!

Chico State History Students Win Top Awards at Northern California Regional History Honor Society Conference
Juan Vega (left) and Ben Friedman (right).
Ben Friedman (right) won top honors in the undergraduate category for his paper titled “Homebred Insanity: America’s Failures in Assessing and Responding to John Hinkley Jr. and Disturbed Individuals.” Juan Vega (left) won first place in the graduate competition with his paper titled “Proselytizing Modernity: Reexamining the Summer Institute of Linguistics’ Tenure in Mexico, 1934-1979.”
Outstanding Student in History Award
This year we congratulate our two winners of the Outstanding Student in History Award: Justin Jodaitis and Katherine Curless

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Dr. Jason Nice writes the following: "Justin Jodaitis is a singular student and historian. He is extremely hard working and always well prepared for the task at hand, but most importantly he approaches historical learning with determination and wonder. Justin writes history as a poet who is always faithful to his sources. Once, when analyzing a 1968 etching as a piece of history, Justin explained that 'in order to achieve the depth and gravity of the plaza one should be able to understand how the past is integrated within the present...this memory is a tangible entity and resembles a fire that continues to burn. However, for one to extinguish the flames of violence, one must first understand where and how the fire began.' Justin understands the force of history, the responsibility of the historian, and the importance of aesthetics in historical thinking and writing."

“I have had her in a few classes, in Chico and in Prague, and she is exceptional,” writes Dr. Kate Transchel. “Her writing skills are first rate as are her oral presentations. She is always prepared and engaged in class. She is bright, motivated, and accomplished. When CSU Chico ended the Russian-language courses, Katherine continued to study Russian on her own.” Katherine is graduating with a major in History, a minor in European Studies, and a certificate in Public History. Congratulations, Katherine!

Former MA Student Wins Big Award!

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Jeanette Adame has been selected as the 2019-2020 Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and ProQuest Distinguished Masters Thesis Award (Non-STEM) winner for her work titled "Citing Divine and Human Laws: Women of African Descent and the New Orleans Cabildo, 1769-1800." Jeanette will receive a $1000 prize and an invitation to attend the 62nd-annual WAGS conference in Albuquerque and present her work. While a graduate student at Chico State, Jeanette worked with Drs. Magliari, Tinkler, and Madar, and conducted archival research in New Orleans with generous financial support from the Clarence McIntosh-William Hutchinson Graduate Fellowship Award.
History Club Participants in Sacramento "Archives Crawl" in October 2019

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History At Work
Quinn Neves
CSU student Quinn Neves, living history reenactor at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts.