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Welcome to the Department of History. We are a vibrant community of students, staff and faculty. We offer the B.A. and M.A. degrees in History, as well as the History minor. We are also the home of other degree-granting programs in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. We house both the Social Science Credential program for students who want to become secondary teachers, and the Oral History program. We also publish the only national historical pedagogical journal affiliated with our primary professional organization, the American Historical Association.
Our award-winning faculty members share their expertise with students, in the classroom and beyond. They are dedicated to providing students with a first-rate history education. In fact, our historians are known for their superb teaching ability, their research prominence, and their deep concern for students.
We take seriously our commitment to students. We expect our students to develop historical thinking skills and practices in their courses, for a superior education in History involves far more than simply learning facts. Our students learn to think critically, read carefully and perceptively, write convincingly, carry out research in virtually any medium, and to become true life-long learners. These are valuable skills that we know our graduates take into the world after they leave CSULB. Our students are extraordinarily successful, going on to productive careers in business, education, government service, and many other fields.
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History 499 offerings – Spring 2015
Formations of Identity in the Modern World: Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity, Race and Nationality – Dr. Ali Igmen – World
This senior seminar explores the ways in which modern identities emerged around the world during the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. It examines the various influential state-initiated projects of modernity, which established new ways of seeing gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race and nationality. The seminar requires students to analyze oral and written primary sources with the support of the scholarship on modernity and identity studies, and encourages them to challenge the normative identity constructions.
The History of Environment and Technology – Dr. Andrew Jenks – European
We will be exploring the history of environment and technology. Students are free to choose topics that examine the intersection of technology and/or environment and politics, society and culture.
The Age of the Crusades – Dr. Marie Kelleher – Ancient/Medieval
This course examines the wars waged between the Christians of the medieval West and their non-Catholic neighbors from the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries. Topics may include (but are not limited to): holy war and the idea of crusading; crusading in the Holy Land; the military orders; crusading and gender; crusades against Jews, heretics, and Byzantine Christians.
Role of Nonhuman Nature in American History – Dr. Brett Mizelle – U.S.
This section of History 499 will examine recent work interrogating the role of nonhuman nature—including but not limited to geography, soils, plants, animals, “wilderness” and natural resources—in American history and life. While an extensive background in the historiography about the human place in and relationship with the natural world is not required, it is assumed that all participants in the seminar will have had sufficient upper-division course work in American history (at least six completed units) and come to History 499 with some sense of a general narrative of U.S. history.
We will begin the semester by rethinking United States history from an environmental perspective. Then we will contrast a famous overview of the role of wilderness in American culture with a recent collection of scholarly essays revising that history. We will then read at least three monographs on specific case studies of the human relationship with the natural world in North America. These will come from different disciplinary perspectives and from both within and outside of the academy, so you will be asked to consider questions about both their content and the contributions such approaches make to the study of American history.
Although I will occasionally make brief presentations on selected topics and readings, this seminar will revolve around student reading, in-class discussion, and research. Because this seminar is a cooperative effort I expect each of you to attend class meetings having completed the reading and prepared to participate in a lively, informed and constructive manner.
History of Women in American Media and Popular Culture – Dr. Sarah Schrank – U.S.
The course will start with early twentieth century working-class women’s urban experience of film and pulp fiction, tracing the dynamic between public life, labor, and new sexual mores, and will continue through the rise of reality television and Susan Douglas’ concept of “enlightened sexism.” Women’s role in modern public life has been controversial and highly gendered with a complex line drawn between the meanings of femininity and feminism. American cultural historians such as Nan Enstad, Kathy Peiss, Maxine Leeds Craig, and Joanne Meyerowitz have made important arguments about early twentieth-century women’s culture and its liberating relationship to the new worlds of fashion and commercial entertainment. As we have moved into the twenty-first century, women’s access to the professions and powerful political positions has accelerated while representations of women and girls in the media have become increasingly sexualized, misogynistic, and distorted. Students will be reading a wide range of historical and critical material addressing women in the media and popular culture and will be preparing research papers on approved topics directly related to this field.
Two Summer 2014 Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internships Opportunities at LAMOTH
The Department of History congratulates Professors Eileen Luhr and Tim Keirn!
Tim Keirn and Eileen Luhr Win the American Historical Association’s
2013 William and Edwyna Gilbert Award
Washington, DC— Tim Keirn, coordinator of the Social Science Program at California State University Long-Beach and lecturer in the Department of History and Liberal Studies, and Eileen Luhr, associate professor of history and advisor of the Social Science Credential Program, have been selected as the winners of the 2013 William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for their article, “Subject Matter Counts: The Pre-Service Teaching and Learning of Historical Thinking,” (The History Teacher, Volume 45, Number 4, 2012, pp 493-511). The Gilbert Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) in recognition of outstanding contributions to the teaching of history through the publication of journal articles. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony at the Association’s 128th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, January 2-5, 2014.
Keirn and Luhr were selected by a teaching prize review committee of AHA members including Paul G.E. Clemens, Chair (Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick), Maribel Dietz (Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge), William R. Everdell (Saint Ann’s Sch.), and Roland Spickermann (Univ. of Texas, Permian Basin).
“Keirn and Luhr not only report on the diminishing role of history departments in preparing students to teach history in the secondary school system, but also show that new teachers who have combined rigorous undergraduate training in history with traditional pedagogic training in history education do better in the high school classroom.” noted Paul G.E. Clemens, the 2013 Asher Prize committee chair and professor of history at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Originally named the “William Gilbert Award” in memory of William Gilbert, a longtime AHA member and distinguished scholar-teacher of the Renaissance at the University of Kansas, the prize was renamed the William and Edwyna Gilbert Award in 2012 after his widow Edwyna Gilbert passed away and left a considerable contribution to the award.
The American Historical Association is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies. The AHA provides leadership for the discipline, protects academic freedom, develops professional standards, aids in the pursuit and publication of scholarship, and supplies various services to sustain and enhance the work of its members. As the largest organization of historians in the United States, the AHA is comprised of over 14,000 members and serves historians representing every historical period and geographical area. For further information, visit www.historians.org or call 202-544-2422.
At the 28th annual all-CSU Research Competition, our very own Marissa Jenrich earned top honors in the Humanities and Letters (Undergraduate) category with her paper titled “Narrating Norah: Economic Identity for Irish Immigrant Women in New York City, 1855-1865.” This research was done when Marissa was an undergraduate. She is now a graduate student in the History program.
Congratulations, Marissa! And kudos to her faculty mentor, Dr. Jane Dabel!