About this course
The Graduate Program in History serves both traditional and non-traditional students, those planning to pursue doctoral work at other universities; teachers seeking to enhance their knowledge of historical methodology, theory, and content; those looking for advanced study in a specialized field within history; and others merely fulfilling a life-long goal to explore an enduring interest in history.
The History Department’s Graduate Program is committed to imparting historical knowledge and cultivating intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and oral and written communication competency. The department is not only dedicated to pursuing understanding of the past for its own sake but also to preparing students to live in the twenty-first century world as global citizens. For that reason, the History department recognizes the need to expose students to knowledge of diverse peoples, cultures, and history; the need to explore different historical perspectives; and the need to communicate that knowledge clearly and effectively. Furthermore, the History Department believes that teaching and research are inseparable; this conviction is exemplified by its teacher-scholar faculty.
Beginning Fall 2014, the CSULB History Department will also be offering an M.A. in History with an Emphasis in History Teaching. The M.A. with a History Teaching Emphasis has many advantages for K-12 teachers of history. The culminating project for history teaching candidates is a complete unit of instruction with an accompanying action research plan, and historiography of the topic of student investigation. The CSULB Social Science Credential Program is housed in the History Department, and the history faculty are very experienced working with pre- and in-service teachers. Moreover, all of the graduate courses in history are offered in the evening, and the research seminars and culminating project are directly applicable to the teaching and learning of history.
Our Graduate Program offers some limited support to graduate students in the form of writing tutor positions. M.A. students are eligible for a number of annual merit-based monetary awards. For the last three years, in fact, they have been the recipients of the College of Liberal Arts Best Thesis Award, a high honor indeed.
We are very proud of the accomplishments and successes of our M.A. students who may be found in all walks of life: education, government, intelligence, business, and so many more.