Student & Alumni Achievements
Ramiro Frausto is a double alumnus, having earned both a B.A. and M.A. degree from SDSU history. He is currently the Director of the USD TRIO McNair Scholars Program. Brad helps first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students in their pursuit of a Ph.D.
“It is personally and professionally rewarding work, which I would not be capable of doing without the analytical and communication skills I developed in my undergraduate and graduate training. I am absolutely certain that my academic training as a historian bestowed me with the skill set necessary for my current position.
For me, studying history meant understanding how we arrived out our current situation. Most importantly, I learned that democracy is a participatory sport. I believe that an informed electorate is vital to a thriving democracy. It is the role of historians to ensure that we as a society understand the successes and failures of our past in order to create a more perfect union. Thus, one of the most exciting things I get to do in my current job is represent my students and program on Capitol Hill.”
Matt Trujillo is a graduating student this year with a 3.89 cumulative GPA who has spent two years in the History Department. With a degree in History, he is interested in studying law and has already accepted admission to the UC Davis School of Law for Fall 2019.
Matt chose to major in History because it has always been his favorite subject in school since he was a child. He is fascinated with learning about humanity’s most significant individuals and events because their impact has shaped the world today. While at SDSU, he especially showed interest in studying war and events in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Coincidentally, he recognized that studying History would heavily develop his reading, writing, and research skills needed for the rigors of law school. Contextualizing information from diverse primary and secondary sources, evaluating evidence, and clearly articulating his arguments has helped him learn the skills of analyzation and critical thinking. He took a diverse array of History classes, each with a different professor, and worked hard to develop those skills by achieving a 4.0 GPA in the major. Matt’s passion for the material has resulted in him being selected as the department’s outstanding student for graduation.