The Department of History at Cal State East Bay
True to its roots in the Bay Area, the Department of History at Cal State East Bay offers leading-edge programs in historical study focusing on critical themes and questions confronting us in the present day. Debuting in 2018, our unique concentrations for historical study include Migration and Globalization, Social Justice and Citizenships, and Sustainability and Modernization. These concentrations allow History majors to investigate significant questions comparatively across time and place. Our courses employ high-impact pedagogies, emphasizing collaboration and applied learning. Advising and career considerations for liberal arts majors are embedded in our curriculum, so that students enjoy ample opportunity to make direct connections between their historical investigations and their longer-term goals and dreams.
The Master of Arts degree at Cal State East Bay combines our commitments to historical inquiry with career-directed concentrations in public and community history, teaching history, and research. It is a flexible program inviting individuals with a love of history from any background or professional experience to sharpen their knowledge and develop their interpretive and disciplinary skills. Our MA candidates are teachers, community historians, and aspiring professors who do critical work to preserve and extend historical knowledge beyond the bounds of the university.
Today our faculty are at the forefront of new fields, such as the history of sustainability, the history of globalization, digital history, applied history, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Our faculty are also deeply committed teachers, encouraging their students to chart their own paths and tell new histories. 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."