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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 Medieval 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

A painting of ancient soldiers with shields and arrows. 

"The Past is Prologue!"

 William Shakespeare 





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Spotlight on History

Need an interesting course?

HIS 320 - Anatomy of a Dictatorship (TR 3:30PM) w/ Dr. Slaven


The basic, social, economic, psychological and political elements that make up the modern dictatorship.

HIS 352 - Native American History to 1850  (TR 12:30PM) w/ Dr. Confer


A survey of the history of Native Americans. The class will focus on the major tribal groups that interacted with and impacted the course of American history. We will look at various aspects of Indian life such as gender divisions, political expression, and social organization. A major point of the course will to be recognize the contributions of native peoples in shaping the development of the American nation before 1850.