Professors in the Department of History value excellence in education and emphasize critical thinking, research skills, and oral and written communication in their classes.
The Department of History offers a variety of classes in American, European, Latin American, African, Russian, and Chinese History. A number of innovative classes provide a variety of experiences for students, who can learn about Public History (the presentation and interpretation of history in public spaces for the general population), do hands-on projects in Digital History, and take on-line classes. Students in Sarah Payne's Public History course created a Story Map for CSU's "Sense of Place" project. Students are able to tailor Independent Studies courses to meet their academic needs. Click here for the Special Studies Courses form. For a complete listing of the Department’s classes, see the Catalog.
The Department also offers two travel courses. In History 436, students travel to Israel during Spring Break and learn about Middle Eastern culture and History. In late May, students may travel to London, the Normandy beaches, and Paris to learn about the D-Day campaign.
CSU History students in Jaffa, Israel.
A number of the faculty have won awards for their distinguished teaching. Tracy Brady, who specializes in the American West, won the Ann Gill Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. Only one tenure track faculty member and one non-tenure track faculty in the College of Liberal Arts win this award each year.
Robert Jordan won the Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation in 2015. This award recognizes Dr. Jordan’s work to integrate digital history methodologies into his classes. He uses a variety of technology, including twitter, StoryMap, and Tiki-Toki. The Department is home to other award winning faculty, as Jared Orsi and Pam Vaughan Knauss have won the Alumni Association award in recent years.