B.A., University of California, Riverside
M.A., California State University, San Bernardino
My name is Areej Qasqas, and I teach honors United States history (HIST 107 and 108) and honors world history (HIST 103).
I was born in the Middle East and immigrated to the United States in 1995, where I found my new home in the Glendora/Covina area of California. I graduated from Charter Oak High School before earning my associate of arts in social and behavioral science from Mt. San Antonio College. I later transferred to the University of California, Riverside, graduating with two bachelor of arts degrees. My first bachelor's degree was in United States history, where I wrote my senior thesis on the Zoot Suit Riots. My second bachelor's degree was in political science, with a concentration in international relations).
At California States University, San Bernardino, I continued my studies, earning a master of arts in social science with a concentration in political violence and terrorism. I wrote my thesis on the mobilization tactic of non-state actors.
Teaching students and helping them learn and understand history brings me joy. Education has opened many opportunities for me, and I want to expose students to the same options. I believe in the power of education, and how it can lead to social and political progress in society, and at the end of the day, we are all students of life.
While at Citrus, I have become one of the advisors for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), one of the honor societies offered at Citrus College. Additionally, I helped establish the Model United Nations (MUN) club. As a graduate student at CSUSB, I was part of the award-winning MUN program, which changed my life. I want to expose students to the same fabulous experience.
On a personal note, I am a nerd, a geek, and socially awkward. I listen to 1990s/2000s hip hop, 1980s rock, 1990s/2000s Arabic music, Bad Bunny, Maluma, and Bollywood. Moreover, I am flamboyantly Palestinian. I collect coffee memes to justify my coffee addiction. I love cats, Harry Potter, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and Star Wars.
updated July 6, 2023