History Department

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.

Watch videos of recent History Public Lectures, Cowden Memorial Speakers, and History Roundtable discussions(opens in new window).

History Department Announcements

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Jeanette Adame awarded first place—twice!—at CSU Chico and CSU statewide Student Research Competitions!

Jeanette Adame standing in front of Azaleas

Jeanette Adame, a second-year graduate student, took first place at the Chico State Student Research Competition for her work on free and enslaved African and Afro-Creole women in the New Orleans courts from 1769 to 1800. Jeanette then presented her work at the statewide CSU Student Research Competition in Sacramento and took first place in the Arts and Humanities category. Congratulations, Jeanette!

Congratulations to Juan Vega Ramírez and Kellie Marie Lavin

Ramirez and Lavin standing in front of the CSU Chico rose garden

In late April, History graduate students Juan Vega Ramírez and Kellie Marie Lavin won second and first place, respectively, at the Northern California Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the international History honor society. Santa Clara University hosted the event, and students from eleven regional colleges and universities presented their research papers.

History Club Field Trip Fall 2018

Students stand outside of the Empire Mine

Empire Mine State Historic Park

Students stand in Malakoff-Diggins Historic State Park

Malakoff Diggins Historic State Park

History Club Field Trip Spring 2018

History Club members gathered for photo with the San Francisco Bay in the the background