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As a discipline that documents and interprets continuity and change through time, California State University Channel Islands’ History Program prepares students to search into the human experience, as well as to communicate and analyze historical interpretations and ideas, verbally and in the written form. An emphasis of the program is to examine events from local and global perspectives. In this regard, a defining aspect of the History Program consists of a cutting-edge series of courses that emphasize the United States’ relationship with the Pacific Rim, encompassing the Americas, the Pacific Islands, and Asia.

In support of the University’s commitment to an interdisciplinary education, the History Program affords students the opportunity to integrate into their plan of study cross-listed history courses as well as subjects outside the discipline to be utilized as part of their electives. Furthermore, the History Program promotes community based applied research by placing student interns within public, private, and non-profit institutions as part of its degree requirement. Promoting the multicultural and international emphases of the University’s mission, the History Program encourages students to participate in Study Abroad and to pursue second language ability at least at the intermediate level.


The History program trains students in the art of inquiry and effective communication. Students with a History degree will be prepared to continue their graduate and post-baccalaureate education. Many history students also find careers in law, education, journalism, or foreign service.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the History program will be able to:

  • Show good understanding and knowledge of the history of North America;
  • Show good understanding and knowledge of global history in other regions of the world;
  • Demonstrate good knowledge and problem-solving skills in analyzing contemporary and historical events;
  • Demonstrate good communication skills in oral and written forms; and
  • Command good skills in historical research, analysis, and presentations.


James Meriwether, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of History, Academic Advisor for History
Madera Hall, Room 2627
(805) 437-3313

Frank Barajas, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Academic Advisor for History
Madera Hall, Room 2366
(805) 437-8862

Rainer Buschmann, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Academic Advisor for History
Madera Hall, Room 2407
(805) 437-8995

Marie Francois, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Director, University Experience Program, Title V Project ISLAS Activity Director
Madera Hall, Room 1725
(805) 437-3123

Robin Mitchell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Madera Hall, Room 2612
(805) 437-3876

Julia Ornelas-Higdon, Ph.D.
Assistan Professor of History
Madera Hall, Room 1633
(805) 437-2051

Contact Information

Alison Potter
Academic Program Analyst
(805) 437-3139



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