Minor in History
Cal Lutheran's History Department offers a challenging curriculum that explores all aspects of history. In the Department's program, lower-division courses center on the acquisition of an introductory knowledge of the history of world civilizations and the United States and the core skills a historian needs to succeed in more specialized coursework. Upper-division courses offer students a variety of specialized classes, seminars, and independent studies, which allow more in-depth exploration of specific topics. Faculty-led travel courses allow students to explore histories at the sites of their creation.
In CLU's history courses, the faculty emphasizes the understanding of the diversity of human experience over time and encourages an appreciation of cross-cultural encounters. All history courses help to develop excellent research, writing, analytical and critical thinking skills. Students are also introduced to useful methods and the debates that surround the writing of history.
History majors have the opportunity to participate in interesting internships as well as engage in projects that bring them to archives, libraries, and other sources of primary data in Southern California. Students may also participate in student-faculty research projects that aid them in developing their own goals and research abilities. In keeping with CLU's emphasis on the use of information technology, the History faculty encourages students to develop facility with computer technology as an aid to research, data analysis, and explaining history to others.
CLU's program prepares students for graduate work in history and other social sciences, as well as careers in law, education, administration, museum studies, and journalism, among others.
Richard L. Derderian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
R. Guy Erwin, Ph.D.
Gerhard & Olga J. Belgum Professor of Lutheran Confessional Theology; Professor of Religion and History; Director of the Segerhammar Center for Faith and Culture
Paul Hanson, Ph.D.
Professor of History
David G. Nelson, Ph.D.
Michaela Crawford Reaves, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of History
Contact the Department
California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Rd. #3900
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360