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Below is a link to the new and improved preference form for HIST 499 for the Fall 2016 semester. This form should ONLY be filled out by those of you who are planning on taking HIST 499 in the Fall AND who are ELIGIBLE to take HIST 499. You are eligible if you are a graduating senior in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 AND have completed the HIST 499 field of concentration for which you have expressed a preference. Attached is a list of the 499 offerings for Fall 2016.

Please note that we might not be able to accommodate your first choice. HIST 499 sections are limited to 15.

Preference forms should be completed and submitted by midnight on Thursday, 7 April. Forms submitted by that date and time will be given priority.




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Welcome to the Department of History.  We are a vibrant community of students, staff and faculty.  We offer the B.A. and M.A. degrees in History, as well as the History minor.  We are also the home of other degree-granting programs in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.  We house both the Social Science Credential program for students who want to become secondary teachers, and the Oral History program.  We also publish the only national historical pedagogical journal affiliated with our primary professional organization, the American Historical Association.

Our award-winning faculty members share their expertise with students, in the classroom and beyond.  They are dedicated to providing students with a first-rate history education.  In fact, our historians are known for their superb teaching ability, their research prominence, and their deep concern for students.

We take seriously our commitment to students.  We expect our students to develop historical thinking skills and practices in their courses, for a superior education in History involves far more than simply learning facts.  Our students learn to think critically, read carefully and perceptively, write convincingly, carry out research in virtually any medium, and to become true life-long learners. These are valuable skills that we know our graduates take into the world after they leave CSULB.  Our students are extraordinarily successful, going on to productive careers in business, education, government service, and many other fields.

Please take a moment to look through our resources on this site.  Learn what an education in History can do for you.  Share in our successes.  Let us know if you have any questions!



Congratulations to Professor Hugh Wilford for being the recipient of the  University’s 2016 Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award!

The Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award, established in 1982, is designed to encourage, reward, and publicly acknowledge sustained excellence in scholarly and creative achievement by members of the University’s faculty. The award recognizes excellence in the visual and performing arts, in the publication of scholarly work, in the completion of research and sponsored projects, and in the development of new and innovative ideas in research and problem solving.


Beach Connection Fall _ Winter 2015 Hood jpg Congratulations to Dr. David Hood for being featured in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Beach Connection. 




Congratulations to Dr. Charles Ponce de Leon, whose new book That’s the Way It Is: A History of Television News in America is featured on Inside CSULB this month.  (September, 2015)



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    Mon-Thur: 8-noon, 1-5
    Friday: 8-noon, 1-4

    Contact Information:
    Phone: 562-985-4431
    Office: FO2-106

    Mailing Address:
    1250 Bellflower Blvd
    Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

    Summer 2016 History Advising Schedule

    Department Chair Dr. David Shafer, FO2-102,
    Days/hour vary, please contact the department office

    Dr. Jane Dabel, FO2-202,

    Dr. Ali Igmen, FO2-116,

    Dr. Caitlin Murdock, FO2-203,

    Dr. Eileen Luhr, FO2-122,
    Tuesday, June 7: 3pm - 6pm
    Thursday, June 23: 9am - 12pm
    Thursday, June 30: 9am - 12pm
    Tuesday, August 9: 3-6pm
    Wednesday, August 10: 3-6pm

    The above hours are on a walk-in basis. Additional hours may be available by appointment. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an advisor, e-mail the advisor directly. Please give them the courtesy of at least 24 hours to respond to your e-mail request.