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)


The Department of History offers classes in PUBLIC HISTORY?

Studies in Public History can lead to fun, rewarding careers in:

  • Museums
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Archives
  • State & National Park Historic Interpretation

Spring 2024 Public History Course Offerings:


History 316 MUSEUMS, MONUMENTS, AND MEMORIALS (Can count as Modern U.S. course)

 a flyer detailing the contents of the hist 316 class

To explore more about the Public History field, please contact Dr. Michael Magliari at mmagliari@csuchico.edu

Also, for more information, check out the National Council on Public History website: https://ncph.org/

Then add Public History to your Spring schedule!