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

Congratulations, 2020 Graduates!

Dear History Students, Family, Faculty, and Friends,

The history department did not want to let the momentous occasion of the graduation of our undergraduate and graduate students pass without recognition! Please take a minute to view our virtual celebration of our students' achievement (YouTube video).

Whether you are graduating this year, made it through the semester, or were forced due to circumstances to take a pause in your studies we in the history department are so proud of you. We look forward to seeing all of you (graduates and continuing students) both virtually and in person in the coming years.

Many congratulations! And, please stay in touch!

Susan Fitzpatrick Behrens
Professor of History
Chair, Department of History

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!


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    Employment Opportunities:
    The History Department is hiring part-time instructors for the 2020–2021 academic year

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