History is essential to our identity as individuals and as members of larger communities. Whether we realize it consciously or not, we constantly engage the past in our everyday lives, whether we read a historical novel or biography, attend a family reunion, exercise our civil rights, or take a history class. History is all around us!
The study of history can enrich our understanding of the past and enhance our awareness of the world in which we currently live. History gives us the opportunity to probe all facets of the human experience: politics, society, art, religion, economics, culture. History is a constant process of exploration and discovery that allows us to understand the lives and experiences of people both different from and similar to us.
The History program at Cleveland State University offers you the opportunity to work closely with a faculty that has areas of expertise in US, European, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American history. We are dedicated to providing students with hands-on opportunities to further their interest in history. Through projects like research papers and internships, studying history at CSU will give you the opportunity to make history come alive. From the local to the global, the history program connects you to the world. Imagine the chance to take courses like the following: African American History through Sacred Music, The Social History of the Black Death, WWI: The Western Front, Black Resistance in the Age of Jim Crow, European Fascism, American Sexual Politics and Communities, Comparative Slavery, and History of Islamic Civilizations.
Students in history go on to pursue a variety of careers. Some choose to continue their interest in history and attend graduate school. Some pursue work in public history, including work in museums, archives, and historical sites. Others apply the skills acquired as History majors—problem-solving, critical thinking, analysis, research, and writing—to careers in law, library science, business, communications, and international studies. Many of our graduates are employed locally in public history at places like the Western Reserve Historical Society and Cleveland Public Library.
The requirements for the major can be completed in approximately two years and the department regularly offers evening and weekend courses, making it possible for part-time and evening students to complete the degree.
For more information:
Department of History
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1915
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214
Phone: (216) 687-3920 or
For official requirements for a degree in this major, see the Undergraduate Catalog.