The Department of History
at Cal State East Bay

We offer accessible and affordable degree programs for students seeking a caring community dedicated to studying the past. Cal State East Bay History majors enjoy small classes, individualized advising, and dedicated support in completing their BA and MA degrees. Importantly, we center career and graduate school planning in students’ coursework. History faculty at Cal State East Bay are committed teachers and mentors, encouraging their students to chart their own paths and tell new histories.

If you wish to study the past in order to change our present, or just love studying the past for its own sake, we invite you to apply to our program for either the Fall or Spring semesters. We are committed to helping you earn the bachelor’s degree in either four years (if a freshman) or four semesters (if a transfer student) and moving swiftly into a wide range of careers and advanced degree programs.

In 2020, Dr. Andrew Wiese, Professor of History at San Diego State University, and External Reviewer for our most recent program evaluation, observed that Cal State East Bay's Department of History "exemplifies the best traditions of research, teaching, and community service of the California State University."

Upcoming Events

Enroll in Summer and Fall 2022 Classes!

Monday, April 11, 2022

Enrollment in Summer and Fall 2022 classes will begin on Monday, April 11. History majors can check their enrollment appointment and view the official course schedules starting on April 4. History majors should make an appointment with their assigned faculty advisor to select courses, so that they stay on track for graduation. All current History majors have their faculty advisors listed in their MyCompass page, or in Bay Advisor. If you are unsure of your advisor, please write to Upper-division students (juniors and seniors) can review this unofficial preview of the Summer/Fall 2022 course schedule here. Please speak with your advisor about these course options before enrolling. The Office of the Registrar's Important Dates for Summer/Fall 2022 may be viewed here.
Wanda Washington Student History Conference

Friday, May 6, 8:45-5:00PM (virtual)

Please join us for the 5th Annual Wanda Washington Student History Conference on Friday, May 6. The full conference program may be found here. In four separate sessions, with ten distinctive panels, more than 40 History BA and MA students will present their original scholarship from research and capstone courses in 2021-2022. From 4-5PM, the History Department will hold its annual Scholarship and Award Ceremony, with approximately 20 History majors receiving the extraordinary recognition of our donors, the Friends of History. This conference honors the 25-year career of Mrs. Wanda Washington with the Department of History as its superb office manager.
Spring Commencement 2022

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 10:30 AM (in person)

Nearly 40 History Majors are graduating in Spring/Summer 2022!!!! We are so excited that our first in-person commencement in three years will take place on Saturday, May 14, at 10:30 AM. Information about the 2022 graduation ceremonies can be found here. Graduating seniors can participate in GradFest, a one-stop opportunity for commencement information, cap and gown, graduate paraphernalia, and much more as you prepare for your commencement ceremony and life after college. GradFest dates begin March 22, on the Hayward campus. To sign up, please visit the GradFest information page.




Contact Us

Department Of History

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

Phone: (510) 885-3207 

The History Department office is open from 9AM-5PM, Monday through Friday. 

We are on the 4th floor of the SF building. 


All inquiries may be sent to

For the History Department Chair, please contact: 

Dr. Bridget Ford

For the History Department Office Manager, please contact: 

Mr. Donilon Alcantara