Department of History

Department of History Receives 2022 Institutional Equity Award

American Historical Association 2022 Institutional Equity Award Winner Cal State LA Department of History Graphic

The American Historical Association (AHA) has awarded the 2022 Institutional Equity Award to the Cal State LA Department of History.

Program Overview: Why History?

What we do

The History Department offers undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts and a minor. The department also offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree in History. 


History isn't just memorizing dates and events; it's a way of learning. Until someone invents a time machine, historians must work from evidence left over from the time period they're studying. This makes studying history challenging, but it makes it fun, too!  And it means that the skills historians acquire can be used in many different careers. Many history graduates become teachers, but you can use historical skills for many different careers.


We need to know history to understand the world we live in. In the history department at Cal State LA, you can study every kind of history from the ancient world to contemporary society, culture, and politics. In addition to our strengths in U.S. and Latin American History, we offer courses in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, as well as World History courses that examine these regions all at once.

How to Find Us

Building Room: King Hall C4066
Phone: (323) 343-2020
Fax: (323) 343-6431
Office Hours:
M-Th: 8:00am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-6:00pm
F: 8:00am-12:00pm
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What can you do with a history degree?

Historians study all aspects of the human experience, and the skills they learn apply to a wide range of professions. Here are some of the positions held by graduates of our department:




Magazine/Newspaper Editor

CIA Analyst


Entrepreneur/Business Owner

Business Researcher

Nonprofit Founder/Director

Labor Organizer



Public Health Professional

Police Detective



Students in Library


Join our program by applying to Cal State LA directly through Cal State Apply

Details about our outstanding programs are on the Graduate and Undergraduate pages.

Start planning to apply by reviewing Application Dates and Deadlines.


Student Publication

Perspectives Vol49 Cover

Perspectives is written and edited by students in the History Department and members of the Eta Xi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.