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Exciting Upcoming Events

Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary

  • Arlo Guthrie in Concert at the Historic Fox Theatre, April 9, 2014; Bakersfield, CA
  • Kegley Institute of Ethics:  Cruz Reynoso, April 17, 2014 
  • CSUB History Forum: Gray Brechin (UC Berkeley), "California's Living New Deal," April 18, 2014, 3:30-5:00 pm: Professor Brechin will discuss the New Deal's impact on the state, and the Living New Deal Project to record and map surviving examples of New Deal buildings and landscapes.
  • Marisa Silver reads from Mary Coin, California Writers Series, April 23, 2014,  7:00 pm

What is History?

As one of the oldest of the liberal arts, the study of history emphasizes the importance of reading widely and deeply in the sources of human civilization and develops in its students the skills of thoughtful analysis of evidence and effective communication.


History is also fun!  Truly understanding the past involves careful investigation and detective work. Reconstructing the past with limited (and often conflicting) evidence is an exciting challenge that often leads to the thrill of discovery.


The Department of History at California State University, Bakersfield offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in History.


The department also offers a program of study leading to a California Teaching Credential in Social Science and a Minor in History.


Please click on the links at left for more information about the History Department at CSUB.




To learn more about why you should study history, click here. You may be surprised at some of the many famous people who studied history in their college days.

Welcome to the History Department's new website! If you would like to view the old website, it is available at this link for a limited time.



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My experiences at CSUB brought me into contact with incredibly thoughtful, sincere, and intelligent graduate students, and I am a better person for knowing them. My CSUB experiences were fantastic, and I have become a great cheerleader for this tremendous university and department. Close Quote
Peter Parra
M.A. in History, 2012

Department of History

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022  


Phone: (661) 765-3079
Fax: (661) 654-6906
Email: jstenehjem@csub.edu
Office: Faculty Towers, 304E