A careful study of the past helps us better understand the present. History as an academic and professional discipline continually looks for the best ways to help us understand times, people, and places very different from our own.
The links on the left explain our program and provide information about the department. Check this page periodically for announcements and news of interest to history majors.
The Department of History will have an adviser available during the summer. Dr. Chris Monty's advising schedule is as follows:May 26-28 – 11am-4pm
Dr. Monty's office is located in LaCorte Hall, room A-317. His telephone number is (310) 243-3469 and his e-mail address is email@example.com.
The Department of History is co-sponsoring The History of Black Dance in America Juneteenth Celebration! A show 10 years in the making, and an event 150 years in the making!
June 19th-21st, 2015
TICKETS: www.HistoryOfBlackDance.org or call (800) 595-4TIX
What is “The History of Black Dance in America”?
HBDA is a multi-media dance concert that showcases the contributions of African-Americans to popular American social dance from slavery to the modern era. It has been presented every year since 2011, and in 2015 was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Audiences are mesmerized by authentic renditions of dances such as Zulu, Work Songs, Cakewalk, Spiritual Dances, Shim Sham, Lindy Hop, Foxtrot, the African inspired Latin-American dances, and more. It is a family-friendly show that hopes to entertain as well as teach some little known history that every American should know. The 2015 performance also observes the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19ththat the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:
“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”
By Robert B. Townsend
A new report, from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, on median salaries for undergraduate majors finds that history majors go on to earn fairly respectable salaries. Looking at the median salary for everyone aged 18 to 64 years old with an undergraduate degree in any one of 171 different fields, the report finds that history majors do the best in the humanities, and better than students in a majority of the other fields.
The report separates majors in U.S. history from the rest, and finds it makes a big difference. Students who majored in U.S. history earned $57,000, as compared to $50,000 for other majors in history. The average salary for U.S. history majors was 18.7 percent higher than the average for all the humanities. The average salary for other history majors was the second highest, and on a level only with art history and criticism. U.S. history is also quite high relative to most of the other fields in the survey (especially in fields outside of the scientific, engineering, and business fields).
The report also highlights a few other interesting pieces of information—a significant portion of the history majors (43 percent) went on to earn graduate degrees in history or another field. And a substantial number of history students went into business—one in five said they were in management positions, for instance, and over 15 percent in sales (see figure below).
For further analysis of the report see this article from The Chronicle, along with their interactive graphic. Inside Higher Ed also weighs in on the data, noting the surprising finding that “women and minorities clustered in low-paying fields with few opportunities for advancement.”
(Source of article, AHA Today: http://blog.historians.org/2011/05/new-report-finds-us-history-majors-highest-earners-in-humanities/)
July 25, 2014
By Susan Gubernat
California’s public higher education systems are plagued by years of funding cuts. Everyone knows that.
All the clever ideas – the silver bullets that will “save” us – collapse in the face of one simple fact. Nobody can deliver quality higher education on the cheap. We need to fund our state universities...
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Dear History Majors and Minors:
I hope that this message finds you enjoying a productive summer. I write to announce that my time as chair of the Department of History has come to an end and the new chair of History is Dr. Chris Monty, LCH A 317.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Monty for your advising needs via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (310-243-3469) or in person during his Summer open advising hours (http://www4.csudh.edu/Assets/CSUDH-Sites/History/docs/2014%20Summer%20Advising%20Calendar.pdf).
Please also remember that the College of Arts and Humanities provides supplemental assistance to History majors and minors students if faculty are unavailable (http://cah.csudh.edu/ssc.htm). The CAH Student Services Center is located at North Library Bldg., 5th floor, Suite 5090.
To view pictures from the 2014 Commencement Ceremony, please click here.
History majors, if you want to take the Geography course GEO 360: North America, it will be available in Fall 2014. The class will meet on Wednesdays from 2:30PM-5:15PM. Note that the frequency for this course is currently every other year (EOY), so the next time it will be offered will be in Fall 2016. If you have any questions about the course, you can contact the instructor Dr. Ralph H. Saunders, Associate Professor of Geography in Department of Earth Science & Geography. Dr. Saunders' e-mail is email@example.com.
Please join us in congratulating the Department of Philosophy on the inaugural publication of their academic journal Telos. The History Department will be purchasing several copies that will be available for student checkout in the History Office (LCH A342). For those of you who wish to review the electronic version, please follow the link: http://www4.csudh.edu/philosophy/.
On May 1, 2014, CSUDH History lecturer Matt Luckett filed his dissertation with the Department of History at UCLA. The title of his dissertation is “Another Man’s Ride: Farmers, Ranchers, and Horse Thieves in Missouri and Nebraska, 1865 – 1890.” Please join us in congratulating Dr. Luckett on his exciting accomplishment and wishing him the very best.
To view/download the PowerPoint slideshow from the 6th Annual History Graduation Reception & Vernal Equinox Celebration: click here.
Pictures from the 6th Annual History Graduation Reception & Vernal Equinox Celebration are up! Congratulations to the 2014 B.A. in History and Minor in History graduates, to the History graduates with University Honors, to the History graduates with Honors in the Major, to the new Phi Alpha Theta members, and to the winners of the Jack Kilfoil Memorial Scholarship in History 2013-2014!
To view all pictures of the event, please visit our Facebook page: Department of History at CSUDH
To view the Fall 2014 class schedule for the Department of History click here.
The Department of History at CSUDH has a new Facebook page! To keep informed on Facebook about upcoming events, news, announcements, and other items related to the department, make sure to “Like” our page. Click on the following link to visit our Facebook page: Department of History at CSUDH.
I will be a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France in March 2014. Located in the villages of Ménerbes, in one of the most beautiful regions of Southern France, this 18th-century town house was purchased in 1944 by Pablo Picasso for Dora Maar, the artist and Surrealist photographer who was his companion and muse in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Maar (1907-1997) owned the house until her death, after which a resident of both Houston and Ménerbes bought and renovated the house to transform it into a retreat for writers, scholars, and artists. http://www.mfah.org/fellowships/doramaarhouse/fellowship/