History is an invaluable field of study that builds decision makers with a keen understanding of the past and how it shapes our present and future in a globalized world. 

At Dominican, the field of History centers on developing vital and transferable skills for success in life after college, such as useful research tools, effective communication, writing and critical thinking. Additional opportunities in the program, including internships (required), language skills-building, study abroad experiences, digital literacy, and project-based learning, actively prepare students for a variety of career paths.

Students of the world’s history and cultures are empowered to be global thinkers and productive citizens at a time when cultural literacy and sensitivity are critical to success. Our graduates develop the analytical and communication skills to be competitive in the job market, to apply for graduate and professional programs, and to thrive in an ever-changing interdependent world.


A History minor allows students to explore their interest in history, while furthering their research and writing skills. The study of History complements a variety of majors, and develops numerous skills that contribute to a strong and compelling resume. Learn more about our Minor Requirements on our course catalog.

Career Paths

The History major prepares students for a variety of careers in the public, corporate and non-profit sectors, including, but not limited to, the fields of teaching, law, law-enforcement, journalism, writing/editing, information management, public history, archival science, and civil service. 


Students who are interested in teaching social science at the secondary level are encouraged to take specific courses in history and economics in addition to their major courses. The list of recommended courses is included in the catalog

Public History prepares students for interpretive historical work in both the public and private sectors. The Public History concentration provides students with an opportunity to engage with the community to make history more accessible to all.

Degrees Offered

BA, Minor

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. For most students there is no application fee and we don't ask for test scores. We're also proud to say that more than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive financial aid, which makes paying for school within reach.

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Faculty and Staff

Jordan Lieser

Jordan Lieser, PhD

Associate Professor, History
Cynthia Taylor

Cynthia Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor of History
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager

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What is Unique About Being a History Major?

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