Welcome to the History Department

The History Department provides advanced professional education in preparation for a variety of careers. Traditionally, historians have worked in academic settings as scholars and teachers, or in closely related institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums. Increasingly, however, advanced education in history is being regarded as broad-based humanistic training, equipping students with research capabilities, writing skills, analytical methods, and communications skills that are useful in many fields. The department welcomes students who wish to teach in secondary schools, community colleges, and four-year universities, as well as students who intend to pursue non-teaching careers.

The History Department offers three programs: the MA in History, the MA in History & Archival Studies, and the PhD in History. Faculty members specialize in U.S. and European history while drawing upon faculty in other departments at CGU and throughout The Claremont Colleges, resulting in a faculty equivalent to that of a much larger university. Instruction is carried on in seminars, classes are small, and the favorable student-faculty ratio allows for a considerable amount of individual attention from professors.

Students in the MA or PhD programs may choose one of the following interdisciplinary concentrations: American Studies, Continental Philosophy, Early Modern Studies, European Studies, Hemispheric & Transnational Studies, Media Studies, or Museum Studies. Students work with faculty advisors in planning their course of study. The department encourages breadth of study irrespective of a student’s major field, including transdisciplinary work.

The shared resources of The Claremont Colleges and broader Los Angeles community give our graduate students a competitive advantage to those at other schools. Housing more than 2 million volumes, the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges provide excellent research facilities and resources. The Huntington Library, one of the world’s finest research libraries for English and American history, is in nearby San Marino.

Chair: Joshua Goode
831 N. Dartmouth Avenue • Claremont, CA 91711 • 909-621-8612 • Fax 909-607-9587

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Joshua Goode

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
Chair, History Department


History Department Faculty
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Janet Farrell Brodie

Professor of History

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Lori Anne Ferrell

John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities
Chair, English Department
Director, Early Modern Studies Program
Director, Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards

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Joshua Goode

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
Chair, History Department

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Daniel Lewis

Research Associate Professor of History

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JoAnna Poblete

Associate Professor of History

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Linda Perkins

Associate University Professor
Director, Applied Women’s Studies

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David Cressy

Research Professor of History


Research Project


Oral History Program Archive

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Part of the History Department of Claremont Graduate University since 1962, the Oral History Program Archive collects research material by conducting interviews with persons whose life experiences merit preservation.


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