The CSUN History Department combines teaching and research at the highest levels with faculty having won some 18 Distinguished Teaching Awards and 12 Distinguished Publication awards from the University.

Department News

In Memoriam

Professor Joyce Broussard

Dr. Joyce L. Broussard (1951-2020)

The Department of History, California State University is deeply saddened to announce the death of Dr. Joyce L. Broussard, Professor of History on June 13, 2020. A scholar of the history of US women and Southern history, Dr. Broussard took an indirect route into academia. After working as a film editor, Dr. Broussard returned to school to pursue a more formal education. She received a BA and MA in History from CSUN, and went on to get a Ph.D. from USC. She returned to CSUN as a faculty member, where she taught courses in American history and historical methods for two decades. She was the recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008. ;Dr. Broussard was known to her students and colleagues for her clarity of analysis, attention to detail, and sense of humor. Her much-praised 2016 book Stepping Lively in Place: The Not-Married, Free Women of Civil-War-Era Natchez, Mississippi was the product of decades of meticulous archival research. She worked with Dr. Ronald L.F. Davis on the Natchez Courthouse Records Project, and on numerous occasions led groups of CSUN students to Natchez to undertake research and learn about the complex history of the American South. A brilliant scholar, committed teacher, caring colleague, and a proud mother and grandmother, Joyce Broussard will be missed by students, faculty, and staff across the University.

About the History Department

The mission of the History Department is to teach students to think independently, read critically, and write persuasively, so they more deeply understand the complexities of the past and engage constructively with today's world's as informed citizens.

Students at CSUN study History because...

  • They want to build the skills they need to pursue careers in teaching, historical preservation, journalism, the law, public service, and many other fields.
  • They like the department's internship program, which over the past twenty-five years has placed more than two hundred students in career-building internships at museums, historical sites, and nonprofits throughout greater Los Angeles
  • They appreciate the personal attention they get from their professors, who have won more than two dozen CSUN Distinguished Teaching Awards and Distinguished Publication Awards.

History Department's Writing Tutors

Meet our Fall 2019 Writing Center tutors!

Vanessa Sanz, Walter Hall, and Kelly Clark. Call the department office to make an appointment with them today!


CSUN as One. Fall 2020 Plan.

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Contact Information

Department of History

Sierra Tower 610

18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge CA 91330-8250

Phone: 818-677-3566


Instagram: @histdept

Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

Dr. Susan Fitzpatrick Behrens, Chair

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Internship Program

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In the past 5 years, our program has placed over 100 students in position at 70 different institutions. Learn more about Internship opportunities.

The Department of History’s Internship Program places students in pre-professional positions in public, commercial, and advocacy institutions. Our Internship Program benefits our students now and in the future by:

  • Providing them with the opportunity to apply knowledge of their field in a pre-professional position
  • Establishing professional contacts and recommendations facilitating their career objectives
  • Gaining knowledge about institutions and programs in their field of interest
  • Developing an ability to assess their strengths and weaknesses
  • Strengthen their ties of service and communication with the community