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History Department

History Department News

Temporary Virtual Services

The physical office for the Department of History is closed until further notice and we will be delivering services via phone or online. If you are a current student and have questions regarding your class, please email your professor directly. For general questions, please email Alyssa Danielli at adanielli1@csuchico, or leave a voicemail at 530-898-5365. Thank you.

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).

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.”

Former MA Student Wins Big Award!

photo of jeanette adame

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.
Students Take a Field Trip to the Sikh Festival in Yuba City

photo of students at sikh festival

photo of students at sikh festival

History Club Participants in Sacramento "Archives Crawl" in October 2019

sacramento field trip photo

sacramento field trip photo

Outstanding Student in History
Marina Sanchez

Marina Sanchez, a History major in the Social Science Pre-Credential option, was awarded Outstanding Student in History for the 2018-2019 academic year. Marina was an HFA Student Ambassador and an officer in Phi Alpha Theta, the international History honor society. She is currently in the credential program here at Chico State. Congratulations, Marina!

History At Work
Quinn Neves

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