Program Description

The History Department of Merced College offers courses in California history, United States history, the history of the Americas, the history of civilizations, concentrations in European history, Asian history, and courses in the history of minority populations, Black history, Hispanic history and honors level courses.


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in History:

  • History (AA-T)

See Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions

Study of History

History is the study of the past. The study of history involves the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic understanding of human civilizations. History is unique: no field of knowledge is alien to it since history encompasses all knowledge about the past. The study of history is a supportive and integrative discipline, designed to broaden our knowledge of the past, to support study in other areas, and to bring to bear the discipline of history in other fields of knowledge. Through study of the past, we acquire familiarity with the great tradition of human values and human dignity. The study of history helps us to become moral, literate, humane, compassionate, knowledgeable people who recognize that we cannot deal with the present or prepare to cope with the future without an understanding of the past. History helps us to gain familiarity with the great traditions of past civilizations, human values, and human dignity.

History Faculty

Name Position Office Email/Phone
Dean Caivano, PhD Professor of History / Political Science IAC-A-215
(209) 384-6350
Adam C. Fong, PhD Professor of History MUS-7
(209) 384-6018
Jennifer Gardner Professor of History / Political Science
Los Banos
(209) 386-6721
Elizabeth Harvey, PhD Professor of History IAC-A-209
(209) 384-6368
Michael Lorenz Professor of History IAC-A-219
(209) 381-6509
Chuck Purcell Professor of History IAC-C-126
(209) 381-6589
Part-Time History Faculty
  1. Thomas Arnold, PhD:
  2. Jill Connors:
  3. Lorraine Doria:
  4. Daniel Driskill:
  5. Steven Graham;
  6. Caleb Hampton:
  7. Andrew Hoyt;
  8. Marvin Jackson:
  9. Tony / (209) 384-6011 ext. 2229
  10. Eric / (209) 384-6011 ext. 2117
  11. David
  12. Jake Wheeler: / (209) 384-6011 ext. 2239