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Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs 

The Department of History currently offers two undergraduate degrees:

  • BA in History 
    • with a general concentration; or
    • with a pre-credential concentration.
  • BA in Public History.  

The BA in History has two concentrations - the General Concentration  (for students interested in the many fields open to history majors); and the Pre-Credential Concentration (for students wishing to be history teachers).

The BA in Public History is designed to provide skills and training in historical methodologies for public and oral history professionals in museums, archives, libraries, historic houses and such.

Each degree includes courses that provide surveys of United States and world history, and an introduction to the nature of historical study. To meet the remainder of the requirements for each particular degree and concentration, students are required to take a number of other courses in history and from among the other social science fields. 

Currently, the department consists of faculty specializing in the areas of United States, Latin American, European, African, Asian, South Asia, and Middle Eastern history, and Egyptology.

Students are encouraged to meet with a departmental advisor if they have any questions about their degree program. Note: Students  can meet with any faculty member in the department.

Graduate Program Information

Master of Arts in History

The Masters of Arts in History at California State University, San Bernardino is a dynamic program designed to prepare students to enhance their historical skills and knowledge as they prepare themselves for a variety of potential careers in education, government, public history, business, non-profit sector or to move on to doctoral study.

The MA program offers students the opportunity to work one-on- one with world renown faculty as they pursue a variety of fields of study and interests. Students will gain an overall appreciation of the historical discipline, including an understanding how the past is connected to the present, recognizing the diversity of the human experience across time and space, and realizing the historical discipline‚Äôs practical contribution to our society. Students who earn an MA through this program will have the opportunity to pursue research opportunities, present their work at regional and national conferences, and complete a thesis or public history project showcasing their work.

Visit the Graduate Studies website for the Cal State Apply application, processes and deadlines:

MA in History Coordinator
Jeremy Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

MA in Social Sciences and Globalization

The objective of the M.A. in Social Sciences and Globalization is to provide students with training in the method and theory of social science, as well as the basic perspectives of the disciplines within it and a broad perspective on issues related to Globalization. While the program provides course work in the breadth of the social sciences, its emphasis is on history, political science, economics, and geography with a concentrated emphasis on Globalization. This program is especially attractive to those pursuing a career in or seeking advancement in secondary school and community college teaching in the social sciences, or anyone interested in an interdisciplinary approach to the theories and academic questions related to Globalization. Those interested in work in other types of educational and social science related fields may also benefit from this program.

For more information about the M.A. in Social Sciences and Globalization, see the program website.

M.A. in Social Sciences and Globalization Coordinator
Kevin Grisham, Ph.D.


Certificate in Egyptology

The Egyptology certificate program allows students to examine the history, culture, society, and identity of those living in Ancient Egypt.  Students will have the opportunity to examine cultural development and international connections through a variety of sources, such as art, archaeology, and textual evidence.  Courses explore the importance of the past on the present, by applying anthropological, historical, and art historical theory as well as a multi-disciplinary perspective.


Certificate in Museum Studies

Earning a Certificate in Museum Studies prepares you for an entry-level career in a museum or similar venue, and provides a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue advanced studies in the field of Museum studies.

Core courses introduce you to administration, curation, interpretive exhibition planning, and collections management.