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BA Degree Program Overview

Graduating with a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in History from Cal State East Bay gives you the skills and knowledge to move into a wide choice of careers in the fields of education, law, business, public service, historic preservation, library science, publishing, digital media, and communication. Our recent Cal State East Bay History graduates have successfully moved into all of these fields, sometimes with the BA alone, and in other cases with advanced, specialized degrees.

The History BA degree is a flexible, foundational liberal arts degree. Our graduates possess exceptional skills in analysis, research, interpretation, and written and oral communication. Cal State East Bay History majors are also culturally sensitive, careful thinkers, who work successfully in collaboration with others and with a powerful sense of ethics, derived from historical study.

Our graduates teach in schools across the greater Bay Area, and at all levels of education, including K-12, community colleges, and colleges and universities. History graduates also work in notable Bay Area companies and start-ups, including Tesla, as data specialists, and in digital technology and media. Cal State East Bay history graduates frequently pursue careers in law, government, and business--fields in which critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and judgment are imperatives. Up-to-date, helpful information about careers for humanities majors such as history can be found here.

The History major concentrations at Cal State East Bay are thematic, so that students can study the historical roots of urgent questions today, comparatively. Students select one of these themes at the time that they apply to Cal State East Bay. It is easy to switch your concentration, if you find your self gravitating to courses in another area. We explain each of our three concentrations here. 

Migration & Globalization

Migration & Globalization

Migration and Globalization are among the most important forces for historical change, fostering the exchange of people, goods, and ideas between regions, countries, and cultures. The transformative process of migration and globalization has promoted diversity, encouraged collaboration, and generated gains, but an increasingly complex and global world has also resulted in new social, economic, and political challenges. This concentration examines the causes and consequences of migration and globalization for the past, present, and future.

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Sustainability & Modernization

Sustainability & Modernization

Sustainability means more than just recycling. A society is deemed sustainable when environmental, economic, and ethical considerations are equally addressed.

Modernization efforts, whether in the ancient or modern worlds, can often alter a society’s sustainability by privileging economic growth at the expense of environmental or social justice considerations. Courses in this concentration will focus on the history of sustainability and the impacts of modernization on cultures--past and present.

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Social Justice and Citizenships

Social Justice & Citizenships

Concentrating in Social Justice & Citizenships enables you to understand how citizenship in the United States, in the ancient past, and throughout the world has had different meanings. What does citizenship involve, what rights and privileges does it give to individuals? Citizenship is also directly related to social justice, as groups who have been denied citizenship have fought to be a part of their communities. The effort to achieve rights--social, economic, sexual, and political--is a critical part of the historical experience.

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Our BA degree at Cal State East Bay also invites History majors to take innovative courses in applied history, so that students can practice career-based skills in collaboration with others. Our applied courses delve into digital tools and communication, teaching, and public history and publishing. History labs, another unique feature of our program, allow students to consider more specific careers. Often taught be senior career professionals, these labs address careers in law, land conservation and stewardship, film, and digital media, among others.

The History faculty at Cal State East Bay are dedicated advisors. We assist you in selecting classes each semester, developing and refining your professional goals, and making sure you make it to the finish line, graduation.

Additionally, the History Department annually awards approximately $20,000 in scholarships and recognition for excellence and effort in our programs. More information about our scholarships and awards can be found here. These awards can assist students in offsetting the cost of the college degree. We are very fortunate in having a committed group of donors known as the Friends of History who are eager to support Cal State East Bay History majors.

Please find additional information about our BA degree program through links to our complete program descriptions, graduation roadmaps, and class schedules.


Our advising goal is to graduate all freshmen in four years, and all transfer students in four semesters. To help you meet these goals, the History Department provides dedicated, individualized advising for its majors. Our advising reports and planners are available to students 24/7, and individual advising appointments are strongly encouraged. We are happy to provide video-conference (Zoom) advising, for greater convenience and ease. Phone calls are also extremely helpful for checking in, and can be easily scheduled.

Faculty advisors are assigned to History majors annually, based upon interests and connections that students develop through their courses, or depending upon their standing (whether first-year students, sophomores, juniors, or graduating seniors). These assignments are made by the Chair of the Department of History, in consultation with History faculty advisors.

New and prospective History majors and minors should contact Dr. Bridget Ford (bridget.ford@csueastbay.edu) to establish an advising plan or to learn more about how our programs can support your goals.

Students can see their assigned faculty major degree advisor within MyCompass. A guide to MyCompass may be found here. Students can connect with their advisors through Bay Advisor. Most of our History advisors will set up regular advising appointments through Bay Advisor.

Many History majors have additional advisors for specific programs they may be participating in. You can write to whoismyadvisor@csueastbay.edu to see if you have additional program advisors, beyond your assigned History faculty major advisor. All first- and second-year students also have designated "FASST" advisors, to guide students through the more complex General Education and University requirements in their first two years at East Bay.

All History majors should meet with their History Faculty Advisors regularly in order to ensure the most efficient time to the degree. We offer curated advising by tailoring course choices and degree concentrations to your career or graduate school plans. It is critical that your History Faculty Advisors have these important conversations with you about your goals early and often. 

Our History Faculty Advisors for Spring 2022 include: Dr. Jason Daniels, Dr. Bridget Ford, Dr. Vahid Fozdar, Dr. Linda Ivey, and Dr. Kevin Kaatz. Please find Spring 2022 office hours and contact information for all History faculty here


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