Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of fall quarter 2020, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page. 

Famous History Majors


  • John F. Kennedy: President of the United States
  • Richard M. Nixon: President of the United States
  • Joe Biden: Vice President of the United States
  • Anthony M. Kennedy: Supreme Court Justice
  • Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court justice
  • Newt Gingrich: Former Speaker of the House
  • Bill Bradley: Former U.S. Senator and NBA player
  • George Mitchell: Special envoy to the Middle East
  • Eric Holder: Attorney General of the United States


  • Robert Johnson: Founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET)
  • Lee Iacocca: Former CEO of the Chrysler Corporation
  • Carly Fiorina: Former president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard
  • Ben Silverman: Co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Entertainment
  • Larry David: Actor, writer, comedian, producer and film director
  • Conan O'Brien: Comedian; former host of The Tonight Show
  • Steve Carell: Comedian and star of The Office television series
  • Jimmy Buffett: Songwriter, singer, restaurant-chain owner and businessman



  • Wolf Blitzer: Journalist
  • David Brancaccio: Host of Now on PBS
  • Ray Suarez: Senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour
  • Charlie Rose: Host of Charlie Rose
  • Chris Berman: Anchor of ESPN SportsCenter