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Rwandan Genocide Awareness and Commemoration Campaign

This fall students in Elizabeth McGuire's class, "War, Terrorism, Genocide: Violence and Globalization since 1914," created an Instagram campaign to raise awareness of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which nearly one million people were killed in 100 days.

They read Life Laid Bare, a collection of oral histories from survivors, and Machete Season, a similar collection from imprisoned killers. They watched several feature films and documentaries created by or starring Rwandans themselves.

They also read U.S. news coverage and created a comprehensive timeline with images to show how the media reported on the event at the time.

Using their newfound knowledge and source material, they crafted a series of Instagram posts and stories to amplify the voices of survivors, illuminate the global context of the genocide, explore the creation of ethnic categories, and more.

Professor McGuire will continue to post student-driven content on a weekly basis in the coming months.

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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 History Faculty and Staff welcome you to the Department's website. Our goal is to make it as simple as possible for students and interested inquirers to learn about our Department. Click on to the sidebars for full information on our mission, faculty and staff, programs, course offerings, handbooks, and other components.

History Programs

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. History course sections are scheduled Mondays through Fridays, with frequent night classes. Courses are offered year-round.

Please feel free to contact any member of the department for answers to your questions and assistance with your plans. We look forward to hearing from you.

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

Inquiries may also be submitted to

Department of History Administrative Support Coordinator
Ms. Wanda Washington