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Why Study History?

The study of History at CSULB involves not only learning about the past, but also learning marketable and transferrable skills like thinking critically, writing effectively, and developing the ability to undertake research in a wide variety of sources and media.

Studying university-level history is not boring!  History is more than memorizing names and dates.  It’s learning about people, and why things happened the way they did.  Where else can you learn about cosmonauts?  Medieval pirates?  The politics of brewing beer or harvesting olives?  The Watts Tower?  The struggles of freed slaves for equality and security?

Historians answer the “Why?” questions.  We are problem solvers and communicators.  We think globally.  We consider carefully all dimensions of our research questions.  We like digging in archives and examining how people lived in the past.  We like riddles, puzzles, and most of all, learning about the world in which we live.

In a recent Psychology Today article, educational psychologist Catherin Brooks writes about why she majored in History, even though she knew she wanted to be a psychologist.  Check out the American Historical Association’s Why Study History? site, which offers even more suggestions for why a degree in history might be right for you.

But don’t take our words for it.  Here is what our alumni say about the value of their History degrees from CSULB.  And remember, 60% of our graduates choose to work in a field unrelated to their undergraduate degrees – the skills they gained as History majors helped them secure these jobs!

Question: My education in History at CSULB prepared me well in the following general skills areas for the career I have now.

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Many of us have had to have that conversation: “A History Degree?  What are you going to do with that?”

Again, we turn to our accomplished alumni for answers.   They are teachers, educators, and school administrators.  They enter business, where they succeed as IT professionals, human resource managers, entrepreneurs, and operations managers.  They are hospital administrators, family therapists, nurses, and health educators.  They work in government and for non-profits and private companies.

History is the kind of degree that helps you develop those real world skills employers and graduate and professional schools desire today.  

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95% of our recent graduates (2008-) report that they are either working and/or enrolled in graduate or professional schools.

 

To here to see where we are and what we do:

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Our majors are successful.  In a recent Payscale Salary Report (2013-14), CSULB graduates ranked seventh nationwide among highest earners with History B.A. degrees.  And a report on lifetime earnings from Georgetown University’s Center on the Education and the Workforce found that graduates with a History B.A. had higher lifetime average annual salaries than graduates with B.S. degrees in Computer Science!

Now that you know what you can do with a History degree, join us!  Make an appointment to see an advisor.

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    DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY
    Contact Information:
    Phone: 562-985-4431
    Office: FO2-106
    Hours:
    Mon-Thur: 8-noon, 1-5
    Friday: 8-noon, 1-4

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

    Spring 2015 History Advising Schedule

    Department Chair Dr. David Shafer, FO2-102, David.Shafer@csulb.edu
    TBA

    Undergraduate
    Dr. Ali Igmen, FO2-116, ali.igmen@csulb.edu
    Mondays 4:00 - 6:00
    Tuesdays 10:00 - 12:00

    Dr. Caitlin Murdock, FO2-203, C.Murdock@csulb.edu
    Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:30
    Thursdays 12:00 - 1:30

    Graduate
    Dr. Houri Berberian, FO2-215, houri.berberian@csulb.edu
    Mondays 4:00 - 5:30
    Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30

    Credential
    Dr. Eileen Luhr, FO2-122, eileen.luhr@csulb.edu
    Mondays 12:30 - 2:00
    Wednesdays 3:30 - 6:00

    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.

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