Why choose the History programs at Cal State East Bay?

We are recognized for our uniquely relevant programs and career preparation, for our compassionate advising, and for our applied learning experiences and internships.

Here are more details about our outstanding programs:


  • Thematic, relevant major degree concentrations addressing critical concerns today, including Sustainability and Modernization, Migration and Globalization, and Social Justice and Citizenships;
  • Flexible course delivery modalities, with a fully online degree in History expected in 2023-2024;
  • Extensive project-based or "applied" learning pedagogies, including our student-produced and -published journal, East Bay Historia.


  • Responsive, individualized advising, to ensure timely graduation;
  • Diverse faculty expertise with direct experience as first-generation scholars in higher education;
  • Integrative student support, with multiple campus offices, including Accessibility Services, Academic Advising and Career Education, and Student Equity and Success.
  • Robust financial support, with approximately $20,000 in awards and scholarships distributed via competitive application annually.


  • Early consultation around diverse career choices for liberal arts majors;
  • High-quality mentoring and internship opportunities, in a wide range of career fields;
  • Extensive support and guided portfolio development for graduate school or employment applications;
  • Teacher preparation expertise, courses, and programs, for smooth transition to Single Subject credential programs in History-Social Science.

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students:

How do I choose a concentration?

Students interested in applying to our programs can find descriptions of our concentrations here. It is helpful to view the courses for each concentration, to see what looks most interesting to you. Our students can easily change their concentrations, too.

How do I find an advisor?

The Department of History assigns each History major an advisor in early August, at the start of each academic year. Students can find their major advisor listed in MyCompass and Bay Advisor, and email them directly through those portals. You can also write to history@csueastbay.edu to learn the name of your History major advisor. Students may have other advisors, depending on their participation in additional University programs. These will also be listed in MyCompass and Bay Advisor. Students will always have a History faculty advisor, for all questions related to the degree in History. You can learn more about our History advising here.

How do I choose and enroll in classes?

The Department of History reaches out to all admitted transfer students in the Spring of each year. We meet individually with transfer students to orient them to the History major and to select classes for Fall, to ensure that students are taking the right classes for the degree, according to degree roadmaps. New students can also write to history@csueastbay.edu or call (510)885-3207 to connect quickly with a History faculty advisor. Freshmen and sophomores are advised by FASST advisors.

What jobs can I get with the History major?

Graduates with a degree in History from Cal State East Bay move into a wide range of graduate degree programs and careers, including in government and policy making, business, hospitality, digital media, law, non-profit community organizations, and teaching. History is a versatile liberal arts degree that can take students into virtually any career or advanced degree program. History majors excel at analysis, communication, and collaboration, which employers rate as the key skills they look for in hiring.