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Department of History

Learn the past. Understand the present. Shape the future.


We are so excited to return to our beautiful campus in Fall 2021!

We are offering nearly 60 history courses in Fall, with 20 of these in person! Another 27 classes will be 100% online asynchronous, and 12 will be online synchronous (via Zoom video conference), allowing students flexibility to continue their path to graduation. 

Our amazing History faculty will be teaching classes on Immigration and the Contested American Identity (HIST 387), The Middle East and the Rise of Islamic Societies (HIST 363), World War II: Global Warfront, Local Homefront (HIST 479), The History of Sustainability (HIST 323), The Korean Peninsula (HIST 369), Race and the Modern American Nation (HIST 385), US and California Environmental History (HIST 388), Baseball in the United States and Caribbean (HIST 480), Sexuality and Identity in US History (HIST 473), and Introduction to Teaching History (HIST 404, for prospective middle and high school teachers), among many other important and fascinating courses. You can find a schedule (subject to change) of our Fall 2021 classes here. Open enrollment begins on May 10. A number of Summer 2021 history classes are also being offered.

We are also excited to be planning new 1-unit career preparation "labs" (HIST 405) with sustained examinations of careers in law, land conservation, and digital humanities, taught by leading experts and practitioners in these fields. 

Faculty advisors will reach out to current History majors to schedule advising appointments. New Transfers for Fall 2021 should contact Dr. Bridget Ford, Department Chair ( for a course selection advising appointment.

Who We Are

Karla Vega

Featured Student

Karla Vega (senior)

Growing up in Oakley, a California Delta town about 55 miles east of San Francisco, Karla Vega loved history from an early age. A voracious reader of historical biographies in elementary school, Ms. Vega was riveted by documentaries and family history...
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Sophia O'Neal-Roberts

Featured Student

Sophia O'Neal-Roberts (junior)

Raised in Sacramento and a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, Sophia O’Neal Roberts began her studies at Cal State East Bay in Fall 2018 as a freshman. Her inspirations to study history include her grandfather, who loved history...

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Raphael Hopstone

Featured Student

Raphael Hopstone (8th grade teacher, Montera Middle School, Oakland)

Raphael Hopstone joined the History graduate program at Cal State East Bay in January 2020. Born and raised in Walnut Creek, Raphael earned his BA in History and Single Subject credential in Social Science from Cal State Northridge...


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Welcome to the CSU East Bay Department of History


The Department offers both the B.A. and M.A. degrees in History, with directed career advising into fields that focus on your passion for history. Our faculty are award-winning professional scholars, widely published in their fields and active in their professional associations. Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide array of history courses, and examine the roots of our contemporary world issues  through understanding how we got here in the first place. The undergraduate major includes foundational courses in historical interpretation and research, thematic areas of concentration, electives, history labs, applied history courses and capstone courses in historiography and research methods. The graduate program consists of a series of graduate seminars and the graduate project. M.A. candidates have the opportunity to work on projects directly related to their career goals.

Contact Us

Department of History

California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Student and Faculty Services (SF) building, Room 442
Hayward, CA 94542

Phone: (510) 885-3207


For inquires during academic year 2020-2021, please contact

Chair, Department of History
Dr. Bridget Ford