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Welcome from Joanne Ferraro, Chair

We are among the largest departments in the university, serving over 4500 SDSU students every semester, including majors, pre-majors, M.A. students, and students pursuing general education courses. History faculty also provide instruction to future teachers in both the Liberal Studies and the Social Science Programs.

The history faculty is devoted to teaching excellence and encourages a "community of scholars" atmosphere that includes graduates and undergraduates. In our efforts to encourage a life-long love of learning, we have had the joy of seeing both our undergraduates and M..A. students go on to PhD programs at Yale, Northwestern, UCLA, William and Mary, and the Universities of Pennsylvania and Virginia, some with full scholarships.

Over the last decade the History Department has led the nation by introducing an innovative pedagogy that is interdisciplinary, cross cultural, and transnational. In addition to area studies, we offer a number of thematic fields of concentration, including social and cultural history, the history of the family and childhood, global history, urban history, memory in history, and sex, gender, and the body in historical perspective.

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