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.

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News & Announcements

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New Report Finds U.S. History Majors Highest Earners in Humanities

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/)

"Viewpoints: California’s higher education systems need more cash, not more catchwords"

July 25, 2014

Sacramento Bee
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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New Department of History Chair: Dr. Chris Monty

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 (cmonty@csudh.edu), 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.

Thank you,

Kate Fawver

Congratulations to the History Graduates Class of 2014!

Department of History Group Picture

To view pictures from the 2014 Commencement Ceremony, please click here.

GEO 360: North America, Available in Fall 2014

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 rsaunders@csudh.edu.

Department of Philosophy Inaugurates Academic Journal, Telos

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/.

Congratulations to Dr. Matt Luckett!

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.

Another Man's Ride

PowerPoint slideshow from Sixth Annual History Graduation Reception & Vernal Equinox Celebration

Graduation 2014 SlideshowTo view/download the PowerPoint slideshow from the 6th Annual History Graduation Reception & Vernal Equinox Celebration: click here.

Pictures from Sixth Annual History Graduation Reception & Vernal Equinox Celebration

Congratulations Graduates!

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

Fall 2014 Class Schedule

To view the Fall 2014 class schedule for the Department of History click here

You Can Now Follow the Department of History on Facebook!

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.

Message from Dr. Laura Talamante

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/