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Upcoming Events:

Bakersfield Museum of Art Exhibit with photographs by Horace Bristol titled “The Grapes of Wrath,” January 23,  2014

The Grapes of Wrath Gala at the Historic Fox Theatre, February 7th, 2014 – Bakersfield, CA

Merle Haggard in Concert at the Historic Fox Theatre, March 8, 2014 – Bakersfield, CA

Children's Theatre Performance of “Dust Bowl Dreams,” March 15th & 16th, 2014 – Doré Theatre, CSUB

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 18th, 2014

Marisa Silver reads from Mary Coin, California Writers Series, April 23,  2014,  7pm

What is history?

History has been called the memory of human group experience, the collective repository of all that has gone on in the past and the emotions, ideals, and values that have given human experience its sense of continuity, causation, and meaning.

As an academic discipline it is perhaps the broadest of the liberal arts, certainly the least restricted by subject and scope.  It requires the development of analytical skills, the use of deductive and inductive reasoning, the mastery of knowledge from different cultures and epochs, and the ability to express ideas in clear, readable prose.

The study of history has practical rewards as well.  It provides students with a broad cultural background and inculcates skills of analysis and composition that are considered essential to the study of education, literature, law, government, communications, journalism, public service, and business.

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.

Click here to read the History B.A. program's Mission Statement.

Click here to view the History Department's Learning Goals and Objectives.


NEW: The Public History Institute at CSUB and the School of Arts and Humanities are organizing an exciting series of events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. Click here to learn more.



NEW: Have you ever wondered what historians actually do in their work?
Check out this series of interviews with historians about how they do history:

"What I Do: Historians Talk about Their Work."


~~~~~ Fall 2013 History department newsletter! ~~~~~


Telephone: 661-654-3079 Fax: 661-654-6906
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