For more information about the university's response to COVID-19, go to the Toros Together Page

Statement of Solidarity

The faculty and staff of the CSUDH History Department stand in solidarity with African Americans and all of those protesting the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor, the most recent victims of racist police and white vigilante violence in America. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. As historians, we understand that the political mobilizations occurring across the country are an outgrowth of centuries of racial oppression as well as centuries of resistance to that oppression. We further recognize that at this historical conjuncture, with a racist demagogue endorsing white nationalism from the White House lawn, it is especially important that each of us through critical self-reflection and through civic engagement strives to disrupt the deeply rooted racial and gender hierarchies of power and value that perpetuate police violence against African Americans. We are committed to making the study of history a tool for promoting equality and progressive social change by documenting the reality of structural inequalities, by identifying abuses of state power in the name of “law and order,” and by demonstrating how social justice movements of the past advanced the cause of equality in the United States and globally.

We also write to express concern and support for our students as they encounter and attempt to make sense of ongoing cases of state-sanctioned violence - including militarized responses to nationwide protests - during the COVID-19 pandemic that is already disproportionately affecting their lives, families, and communities. As President Parham indicated in his email, students and staff in numerous offices stand ready to assist those in need. These include:

The promotion of civic engagement and social justice has been central to the mission of the university and the History Department since their inception, but clearly our most important work lies ahead. The History faculty and staff pledge that as teachers, scholars, and mentors we will work continuously to improve our efforts to provide a transformative educational experience that empowers students to build a better future for our communities, our nation, and our world.

Department Mission

A careful study of the past helps us better understand the present.

History as an academic and professional discipline continually looks for the best ways to help us understand times, people, and places very different from our own.

Are you up to the challenge?

Explore the items in the menu on the left. You will find information that explains our program and provides information about the department. Check this page periodically for announcements and news of interest to history majors, history minors, and our community.

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History Department Updates regarding COVID-19

Updated: March 22, 2020

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the university suspended traditional instruction and ordered the closure of the History Office. We understand that this global pandemic has also brought dramatic changes to the home lives and working lives of our students. Nonetheless, as classes resume today in alternative, distance modalities, we want to provide you with updates to help you navigate this unprecedented – and constantly evolving – situation. Please take a moment to read the updates below.

The History Department Office:

The History Department Office on campus is closed and it will remain closed until further notice. Nonetheless, our Administrative Coordinator, Raúl Rubio, is working remotely to support both faculty and students. His working hours are Monday-Friday, 7am to 4pm. If you have questions, or if you are having difficulty contacting an instructor, you may call (310) 243-3382 during business hours or you may email him at rrubio14@csudh.edu. The College of Arts and Humanities phone number is (310) 243-3389.

Faculty/Student and Student/Faculty Communication:

Now, like never before, it is critical that you CHECK YOUR TOROMAIL daily. Faculty will communicate with students via Toromail, and Toromail is also the best way for students to communicate with faculty. Please follow the instructions that you receive from faculty regarding how to ask questions about class meetings or class assignments. Some may have set up “live” but remote office hours; others may have set up discussion boards on Blackboard for student questions. Others may manage via Toromail.

If you have program questions (about graduation, petitions, etc.), you may contact me at cmonty@csudh.edu. Please note that due to the heavy volume of emails, it may take me up to twenty-four hours to respond.

Advising for Fall 2020 Enrollment

While Fall 2020 enrollment may be the last thing on your minds, the schedule will post on March 30 and enrollment will open on April 20. The History Department is waiving all advising holds for History majors this semester. Please check out the links to advising worksheets for both our regular BA and the Education Option degree. Juniors and seniors should consult these before building a schedule for fall. Freshmen and sophomores should consult guidelines they receive from EOP, ETE, and/or the University Advisement Center.

Though we are waving enrollment holds, we strongly encourage students to contact one of the full-time faculty on voluntary basis to arrange an advising appointment either before or after they enroll. Though we have lifted the holds to make it easier for students to enroll, we still want to verify that students are taking the classes they need to make progress toward graduation.

The faculty who provide advising are:


Though our annual graduation reception has been cancelled, our annual scholarship competitions will go forward. In response to all of the disruptions caused by the pandemic, we have pushed back the application deadline by three weeks. Applications for both the Jack T. Kilfoil Scholarship and the Pamela D. Emerson Environmental and Social Justice Scholarship are now due by Thursday, April 30.

We hope that all of you are safe and healthy. Please know that the staff and faculty of the History Department are doing everything they can to help students succeed academically in these trying times. We will also do everything in our power to assist students whose academic efforts are adversely affected by this public health emergency.

Chris Monty
Department Chair