Apr 20, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of History

Philip Garone, Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Carroll, Garone, Sanchez-Walker, Wang, Weikart

Associate Professor: Wolfe-Hunnicutt

Assistant Professors: Black, Hughes, Strauss

Office: Bizzini Hall 118
Phone: (209) 667-3238


Bachelor of Arts in History 
Minor in History 
Minor in World History 
Master of Arts in History 
Liberal Studies degree concentration in History 
Social Sciences degree concentration in History 

History provides a general background for studying the humanities or social sciences and understanding the contemporary world. Preparation in history is especially useful for careers which require careful judgment on the basis of evidence, such as law and journalism, as well as teaching and a variety of local, state, or federal government positions, including the United States Foreign Service. A History degree also provides excellent preparation for careers in museum and archival work, and is desirable for any profession that requires well developed skills in critical thinking and writing

The Department of History supports the concept of international education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas study described in the International Education section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will:

  1. Demonstrate skills in critical thinking and analysis;
  2. Locate primary and secondary sources in all forms and properly cite;
  3. Analyze and understand the main arguments of secondary sources;
  4. Analyze and understand the importance of historical context for primary sources;
  5. Communicate effectively in written format;
  6. Perceive a given event from more than one historical perspective.
Graduate students will:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of history;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of historical events and their larger significance, including global context and/or multicultural sensitivity;
  3. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of relevant scholarly historical interpretations;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to conduct historiographic and/or original historical research.