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B.A. in History



Exploring the Past

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

George Santayana


History is the study of human change over time; moreover, history uses the past to understand the present and the future.

Recognizing that human experience is continuous, historians seek to understand how people lived in the past and how their actions, societies, and leadership shaped their world and our own.

As a scholarly discipline, history fosters students' abilities to read critically, think analytically, communicate ideas effectively, and to examine human problems in light of ethical values.

Our history program encourages literate, critical thinking by students who work with faculty engaged in diverse, broadly based scholarship. As such, a student majoring in history, you will learn the basic components of traditional and contemporary theories, philosophies and ideologies as well as the functions and roles of major governmental, quasi-governmental and non-governmental institutions in different political systems and societies across time and space.

At California University of Pennsylvania, our faculty, specialize in areas such as: American History, European History, Public History, Native American History, African American History,  Ancient and Midieval History, Modern European History, French History, Race and Ethnicity in America, Religious Persecution, Contemporary American History, Constitutional History, and History of Sport; additionally, we offer courses in the History of Law and Latin American and World Histories. 

You will also be able to research and evaluate data, historical evidence and primary sources and compare, contrast and analyze the following:

  • Different historical and political chronologies
  • Different types of primary source materials 
  • Historical events as they apply to current events 
  • Different types of political, racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, philosophical and social systems, power structures and leadership styles across time and space


"The Past is Prologue!"

 William Shakespeare 





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Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta - History Honors


All interested students should see Dr. Crawford or Ms. Cindy Speer for more information. 

Current members can access Phi Alpha Theta for cool merchandise and events!

Spotlight on History

Need an interesting course?

HIS 288 - Local History (TR 12:30PM) w/ Dr. Tuennerman

 family history

An introduction to the location, evaluation and significance of local history by using the problem-solving and genealogical approach. Specific topics are analyzed in order to get to know at firsthand the importance of local and family history at the grassroots level. 

HIS 342- High and Late Middle Ages (MWF 2PM) w/ Dr. Crawford

middle ages

This course will focus on the development of the civilization of medieval Europe from approximately AD 1100 to 1500, with supporting material both before and after the period. 

HIS 445 - Social History in the US (MW 4PM) w/ Dr. Confer

social history

This course is a study of the lives of ordinary Americans throughout the history of the exploration, colonization, inception and proliferation of the United States. It will mainly focus on the adjustment of American communities and social groups (encompassing dynamics of immigration, race, ethnicity, gender, class, age and region) surrounding major wartime eras in U.S. history.