Professor John Varga took an interest in history very early in his life, and at the age of 6 when his parents purchased encyclopedias for him to read. From that point on, he carried a significant interest in history with him for the rest of his life. Even when he was taking classes geared more towards math and science, he took the most joy from any history classes he was taking at the time.
In a way, Professor Varga’s method of teaching embodies the phrase, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” While the events written in American History do not change, the ways in which he presents them to his students change over time, from semester to semester. He learns from his own teaching and takes what he finds most effective and builds upon it.
John understands that students often go into history classes with the idea that history is nothing more than battles, leaders, and specific dates. In order to dispel this misconception, John points out that even though their interests may not be in history itself, whatever their interest may be has a history of its own.
John currently teaches History 111 and History 112 for College of the Canyons at the Valencia campus.