University of California, Berkeley


UC Berkeley’s Department of History is one of the top-ranked history departments in the nation. Our faculty’s research covers almost the entirety of recorded history and spans most of the globe. Across the world, the department is known for its expertise in cultural history, but our faculty also specialize in political history, the history of science, economic history, religious history, the history of sexuality, intellectual history, urban history, imperial and world history, and many other fields. Members of this department have won the most prestigious teaching and research awards our profession has to offer. We have a well-deserved reputation on campus not only for the quality of our courses but for the quality of our major. The department’s alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers in research, education, law, business, public affairs, and other professions.

We live in a world shaped by history. We cannot understand the world or hope to improve it without serious attention to the historical processes that created it. So welcome to the Department of History at Berkeley: education for the world.

Undergraduate Programs

History: BA, Minor

Graduate Program

History: PhD

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Contact Information

Department of History

3229 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-1971

Fax: 510-643-5323


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Department Chair

Cathryn Carson

3303 Dwinelle Hall


Director of Undergraduate Student Services

Ricky Vides

3313 Dwinelle Hall


Undergraduate Major/Minor Advisor

Cassandra Castillo

3226 Dwinelle Hall


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