Department of History

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Program Overview: Why History?

Ma Yuan (Chinese, active c. 1190–1225)


We need to know history to understand the world we live in. In the history department at Cal State L.A., you can study every kind of history from the ancient world to contemporary society, culture, and politics. In addition to our strengths in U.S. and Latin American History, we offer courses in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, as well as World history courses that examine these regions all at once. For examples of our offerings, click Areas of Specializations.  


History isn't just memorizing dates and events; it's a way of learning. Until someone invents a time machine, historians must work from evidence left over from the time period they're studying. This makes studying history challenging, but it makes it fun, too!  And it means that the skills historians acquire can be used in many different careers. Many history graduates become teachers, but you can use historical skills for many different careers. For some examples, look here


- Program Highlights  

Perspectives: the award-winning student journal

- The Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society    

- The History Minor

- The Minor in Religious Studies

- The Minor in Labor/Working Class Studies

Perspective Interviews: CSULA History Department (click on images)

 Perspective Authors Speak about their research - Volume 47                                                                                                        


                  April Del Cid                                       Stephanie Wong                                                                               

  April Del Cid                    Stephanie Wong - Reframing LA             

             Dr. Virginia Espino

  Dr. Virginia Espino