Department of History
The whole of the past is ours to explore! SDSU historians carry out research and teach on a wide variety of topics, from Amazon warrior women in Ancient Greece to food and famine in modern China; from witchcraft in ancient Rome to the history of the Vietnam War; and from Aztec medicine to city life in modern Argentina. We have historians of Iran, Italy, Germany, and England. Our professors of the American history examine the family, religion, race, foreign relations, sports, suburbs, festivals and fairs, the environment, and Star Trek. Within all this diversity, the department prides itself on its thematic strengths: The history of gender and sexuality; the history of war and diplomacy; urban history; the history of race and ethnicity; oral history and the digital humanities; and world history, considered on a large scale. Our faculty have written nearly thirty books and have won many prizes for their research and teaching.
If you are curious about the past and you want to learn about the world, history is
the major for you. Majoring in history helps prepare you for your future. In the history
major you will do a capstone project where you might write the history of a topic
you choose; do an internship in a museum or archive; or learn to present history with
digital and web-based tools that you can take with you into you career. But the work
you will do in all your history classes will prepare you to write and speak in a careful way and make
you better informed about the world. And so whatever you may do once you leave SDSU
– whether you wind up teaching, arguing cases in court, or making business presentations
– you'll find that your history major will help you to use evidence clearly and effectively
and to put things in their cultural context. Many students who major in history go
on to become high school teachers or college professors; lawyers; government employees
(whether civilian or military); business people; or librarians; or work in museums,
archives, and cultural organizations.
Learn More About Us
Meet alumnus William Reed, whose new mystrey novel, Expatriates in Paris is a culmination of research, imagination, and grit.
Read more about William's book.
Meet Dr. Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley, recently awarded an NEH fellowship to support her book project, "The Loss of Heaven:
Changing Responses to Famine from Late Imperial to Maoist China."
Read more about her project.
Meet alumna Taylor Burke, whose M.A. degree in History prepared her for her position at Teach for America.
Read more about Taylor.