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BA in Public History

CSUSB is proud to offer to its undergraduate students an introduction to the dynamic field of history as practiced by professionals outside of the classroom.

The Program

The program is designed to give students a broad overview of the practice of public history, followed by specialized courses and opportunities for internships. Students are required to take introduction to public and oral history, and complete an internship. (Students must apply for acceptance to the internship program and meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0. Application materials are available below. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for an internship should consult with one of the Public History professors for advising.) Students choose additional courses according to their interests and career goals. These courses include: historical archaeology, exhibit design, museum and archive management, archival practices, museum methods, etc. Students also benefit from extracurricular opportunities, like working on the student editorial board and publishing the CSUSB journal of history, History in the Making. As history majors, students receive broad training in the academic discipline of history, and broad content knowledge by surveying courses from around the globe.

The Program Learning Outcomes are: 

PLO 1 – Demonstrate key historical literacy, including knowledge of key events and how change occurs over time in broad geographical and temporal areas

PLO 2 – Demonstrating research skills, including critical thinking and reading abilities, assessment and writing skills  

PLO 3 – Demonstrating communication skills, showing ability to organize and express their thoughts coherently

Archives and Museums

Courses in exhibit design, archive and museum management, and archival practices prepare students for careers in the dynamic field of archives and museums. Students not only learn broad theoretical background necessary to understand the intellectual roots of the preservation of historical materials in archives and the presentation of history to the public in museums, students also gain hands-on experience designing their own exhibits, processing collections, and working in a museum and/or archive. After completing the program, students have been successful in going on for graduate training in Library Science, Archives and Public History programs. Some students have also found permanent employment working in archives, museums, libraries and in government.

Community Partnerships

CSUSB is located at the foothills of the birthplace of the national Oral History Association. The program partners with the community in recording and preserving the histories of people and organizations within the San Bernardino and Inland Southern California region. Students receive training in the theories and best practices in oral history and are immersed in ongoing projects in partnership with organizations in the community and throughout the region.


See our Internships page for information on internships and how to navigate the internship process.

For further information on internships, also click on one of the links below:

Public History Coordinator

Dr. Thomas E. Long, (

Requirements (48 units)

Total units required for Graduation: 120

Requirements for the B.A. in Public History

Core courses (18)


HIST 1400

World History to c. 1500


or ANTH 1400

World History to c. 1500

HIST 1440

World History from c.1500


HIST 2000

United States History to 1877


HIST 2010

United States History, 1877 to the Present


HIST 5840

Proseminar in History


HIST 5850

Research Seminar in History


A minimum of three upper division units chosen from five of the following seven areas: (15)

Ancient History, African History, Asian History, European History, Latin American History, Middle Eastern History, United States History

In addition to the above students also have to take:

Professional Preparation Course 


HIST 3230

Introduction to Public History


Professional Preparation Electives 


A minimum of nine units of professional preparation electives from the following


HIST 3018

Introduction to Cultural Resource Management


HIST 3120

Historical Archaeology 


HIST 3160

Archival Practices


HIST 3260

Historic Preservation


HIST 3290

Topics in Public History


HIST 3300

Topics in Oral History


HIST 3740

Collections Management


HIST 3750

Museum Management


HIST 3760

Exhibition Development and Design


HIST 3770

Historical Documentaries


HIST 3780

Museum Curation


HIST 5750

Internship in History


(or) One three-unit upper-division HIST course with advisory approval




Year 1: Freshman Year       30
Fall Units   Spring Units
GE E Foundation Seminar 3   GE A3 Critical Thinnking 3
GE A1 Oral Communication 3   GE B4 Mathematics 3
GE A2 Written Communication 3   GE D1 American Gov 3
GE C1 Arts  3   D2 HIST 2000. US to 1877 (GE) 3
HIST 1400. World History I  3   HIST 1440. World History II (GE) 3
Semester Total 15   Semester Total 15
Year 2: Sophomore Year       31
Fall Units   Spring Units
GE B1 Physical Science 3   HIST U/D area 2 3
GE B3 Laboratory Activity 1   GE C3 Arts or Humanities  3
GE C2 Humanities  3   GE Life Science  3
HIST 2010 US from 1877 GE 3   Elective 3
HIST 3230 - Intro to P&O 3   HIST U/D area 1 3
Elective 3      
Semester Total 16   Semester Total 15
Year 3: Junior Year       30
Fall Units   Spring Units
GE Social Science (U/D) 3   HIST U/D - area 3 3
HIST U/D - Prof. Prep 3   HIST U/D area 4 3
HIST U/D - Prof. Prep 3   HIST U/D - Prof. Prep 3
GE Scientific Inquiry 3   GE UD Arts or Humanities C4 3
Elective 3   Elective 3
Semester Total 15   Semester Total 15
Year 4: Senior Year       29
Fall Units   Spring Units
HIST 5750 - Internship or HIST U/D 3   HIST 5850. Research Seminar 3
HIST 5840. Proseminar 3   HIST U/D - area 5 3
Elective 3   Elective 3
Elective 3   Elective 3
Elective 3   Elective 2
Semester Total 15   Semester Total 14