History is one of the most popular, useful, and flexible subjects to study and major in. The popularity of History comes from the fact that human beings love stories about dynamic people and exciting events from the past. By studying the brilliance and blunders of past generations, students gain useful knowledge about how the world works and the critical thinking skills universities and employers value. History is also a very flexible major: the AA-T in History is a pathway to a state university for students interested in majoring in History and those unsure of what they want to major in yet (ex. law, business, government, etc.). It is also a fun “second major” for students interested in becoming more well-rounded, knowledgeable, and wise.    

The History Program at Oxnard College engages the energies of three full-time professors who teach a wide variety of courses in United States and World History.

2016 Election Information:

One of the reasons you are required to take a U.S. History course is because you need to study the history of the society that you live in so that you can vote wisely. The U.S. Constitution begins with the words "We the People...." In order for us to run our society wisely, "we" need to become informed (taking history classes and finding quality news sources like NPR), register to vote, and then voting.

It is easy to register to vote, if you have not already, but you must do it by October 24. All you have to do is go to following website and follow the easy steps: http://registertovote.ca.gov/

To decide how to vote, you must do some research. As a starting point, I cross indexed the opinions of three local resources:

These are only some of the available resources, but you have to do your homework to be a responsible voting citizen.

If you are eligible to vote, I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the 2016 election (and all future elections). Your vote counts in raw numbers, it counts because politicians listen to those who vote, it counts because democracy thrives on participation, and it counts because you will feel like an empowered responsible participant in our system.


Click Here: 2016-2017 Catalog Descriptions of History Courses

History Department Student Award Winners:

  • Oxnard College History Student of the Year for 2013-2014: Alicia Wilson 
  • Oxnard College History Student of the Year for 2014-2015: Carrie Perez 

History Faculty

Kevin Hughes, M.A. Keep Calm and Study History

Office: LS-M
Phone: (805) 678-5079

Joshua Lieser, Ph.D. 

Office: LS-L
Phone: (805) 678-5078
Twitter: @DrJoshLieser

Tomás Salinas, Ph.D. 

Office: LS-R
Email: tsalinas@vcccd.edu
Phone: (805) 678-5080


Pictured from left to right: Dr. Josh Lieser, Dr. Tomas Salinas, Professor Kevin Hughes

Pictured (Left to Right): Joshua Lieser, Ph.D; Tomás Salinas, Ph.D; Kevin Hughes, M.A.

Dr. Salinas Lecturing in the Performing Arts Center on Mexican-Americans experiences during WWII


















Dr. Salinas lecturing in the Performing Arts Center on Mexican-American immigrant experiences during the early 20th century.