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History is also one of the broadest and most universal of the humanities. Just as the personalities of individuals are shaped through the totality of their past experiences, so cultures and institutions also develop in time. The study of history can help students understand themselves and their culture better and develop a more tolerant and humane spirit toward others. In this way, as in so many others, a knowledge of the past can help all of us meet the problems of today with greater under standing and compassion.

History majors are trained to read with comprehension and to compare and analyze both written and oral material. In addition they must know how to evaluate evidence and sources, how to critique the writing of others, and how to do research and writing on their own.

The Department of History has more than 15 faculty members offering a wide variety of courses in the history of Europe, the United States, Latin America, the British Empire, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East, as well as courses in intellectual and cultural history, social history, military history, and the history of women.

What You Can Earn

Public School Teacher
$52,085 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data from Salary.com as of December 2012

What You Can Do

Prepare for careers in:

  • law
  • government service
  • librarianship
  • journalism
  • publishing
  • public relations
  • social services
  • urban planning
  • foreign service
  • insurance
  • marketing
  • advertising

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Western Civilization
  • Republics of Latin America
  • Women in History
  • Modern Middle East

What You Can Learn

  • Medieval life and culture such as warfare, commerce, art and architecture, and learning
  • Review of theory and characteristics of genocide
  • Significant events from the end of the Civil War to the present
  • Economic, political and social development in world history from the earliest times to the modern period (1500).

About the College

The College of Social Sciences studies the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet.

We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.

Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.

College Contact Information

Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664

5340 N. Campus Drive MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Department Contact Information

Department of History
5340 N. Campus Drive M/S SS21
Fresno CA 93740

Phone: (559) 278-2153 | FAX: (559) 278-5321