Areas of Specialization

At the Cal State LA History department, you can study any region of the world for any time period. Here are a few of the many unique opportunities available to majors.  

Opportunities for Original Resarch: All our history majors conduct original research on important historical questions. Students may study their own families or the communities around Cal State LA, sometimes working with the library's Special Collections Department. And the department offers research seminars on subjects as varied as Medieval witchcraft, the Mexican Revolution, and the History of Film, to name a few recent examples.  

Public History Projects: History isn't only done in the classroom. At Cal State LA, students take courses exploring the many ways history reaches the public--museums, documentary film, oral history projects, online exhibits, and historical conservation efforts. Every year, students in various classes help to curate--that is, to assemble and design--exhibits that appear on campus or at off-campus venues like the Autry Center.   

Editing and Publishing: The award-winning student journal Perspectives is produced every year by students in HIST 4970. The class gives students a unique opportunity to develop a wide variety of skills, and to work with other students to create path-breaking research articles, book reviews, and online exhibits.  

Internships: Internships add exciting and valuable experiences to course work. In recent years, our students have interned at the Wende Museum, the Museum of Social Justice,the Autry National Center, the Smithsonian Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The East Side Heritage Consortium, and the Getty Museum, among others. The department offers the opportunity for students to receive course credit for internship work.  

Scholarships and Awards: Every year the department gives awards and scholarships--some offered through the university, some through Phi Alpha Theta, the student Honors Society. For the latest awardees, see our newsletters.     

Latin America: A strong contingent of our faculty specializes in the history of Latin America. Drs. Ford, Lee, Ochoa, and Vergara work with other departments around campus to create a broad and unique set of opportunities for students to study this crucial part of the world.