Graduate studies in history at Sacramento State

Situated in California’s state capitol and along the banks of the historic American River, the Sacramento State graduate program in history allows students to profit from the unique resources of the region as well as the expertise of a prestigious and dedicated faculty.   Program highlights include:

* Small, seminar-style classes and one-on-one mentoring by history faculty

* Active and tight-knit graduate community

* Instructional assistantships and public history internships

* Prize-winning graduate student history journal, Clio

* Rich array of local historical institutions including the California State Archives, the Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center, the California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park, and the California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts

* Unique campus-based resources relating to California, United States, and world history, including the Tsakopoulos Hellenic collection and the Japanese-American archive collection

Sacramento State history faculty

The history faculty of Sacramento State bring wide-ranging of expertise to the program and are nationally recognized specialists in their fields.  In recent years, history faculty members have received a number of prestigious awards for their scholarship, including the Bancroft Prize for the best book in American history, the Frederick Jackson Turner Award for the best first book by an author in American history, the History of Education Society Outstanding Book Award, and the American Library Association's CHOICE Award. Many of history faculty members also are leaders in their fields and have held prominent positions including president of the French Colonial History Society, book review editor for the journal Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and Co-Director of Fulbright-Hayes Seminar Groups of Educators to Rwanda and Ghana. 

Professors in our program are teacher-scholars who are dedicated to their students. The diversity of our graduate course offerings reflects the depth and breadth of historical knowledge among the faculty.  Particular areas of strength among our faculty include California and local history, world history, public history, Hellenic studies, and gender history.

Program options

The Sacramento State history department offers three different Masters degree options to accommodate the varying interests and career goals of our graduate students. These are the standard M.A. in History (comprehensive option), the standard M.A. in History (specialized option), and the M.A. in Public History. 

The standard M.A. in History orients students toward critical investigation of problems in historical study, provides the opportunity for the use of historical methods, and improves students' ability to analyze and interpret historical material. The History M.A. (Comprehensive Option) is particularly structured to provide solid historiographical, theoretical, and pedagogical training to those students interested in teaching at the community college or university level as well as to secondary-school teachers looking to enhance their credentials.  The History M.A. (Specialized Option) offers graduate-level training in historiography and research while allowing students greater flexibility in configuring a program of courses geared toward their specific area of interest.

The M.A. in Public History provides an integrated professional curriculum that includes specialized project and internship experience in one of several concentrations:  archives and manuscripts, oral history, museum studies, historic preservation, business history, and public history research and analysis.  In conjunction with the University of California, Santa Barbara, the department also offers a joint Ph.D. in Public Historical Studies.

Application procedures, requirements, and deadlines

Students wishing to apply to any of the Master of Arts in History programs must complete a History Department Application as well as apply for admission to the university through the Office of Graduate Studies.

Further information:

Dr. Mona Siegel
Associate Professor
Department of History
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6059

Telephone: (916) 278-3413

msiegel@csus.edu