For over 20 years, the Capital Campus Public History Program at Sacramento State has been training public historians for rewarding careers in archives, cultural resources management, museum interpretation, and historic preservation.  We offer a two-year course of study leading to the Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History. This program requires completion of 36 units of coursework, including 9 units of supervised professional internship.

The program 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 general public history research and analysis. Students pursue a common course of study, gain professional experience through a series of internships, and complete a master's project or thesis within their area of program specialization.

In order to provide our students with the highest level of both practical experience and theoretical background, our professional seminars (Hist 282 series) are taught by experienced professionals. When possible, our professional seminars are also team taught so that students gain a wider perspective of the topic under study.

Students in the program enroll in three semesters of internship. Internships generally require 8-12 hours per week per semester of on-site work. Most internships are paid. Students have held internships at the: California State Archives; Office of Historic Preservation; California State Railroad Museum; JRP Historical Consulting Services; Business History Group; and California State Museum Services among other organizations. Most students find that their Thesis Project develops out of their internship experience. Students in the CSUS program have researched and written a wide variety of Thesis Projects: Sample projects.

Students typically enter the M.A. program in the fall semester and take many of the same classes together over the course of their studies. This creates a strong sense of community among the students and faculty. If you are interested in the program and would like to speak with a current student or recent alumni, please e-mail your request to Professor Ettinger at ettinger@csus.edu.

The deadline for applications for Fall 2014 admission to the program is Monday, February 3, 2014.

Application Instructions for the CSUS M.A. Program:

Applicants for admission to the Public History program should hold a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (calculated using the last 60 semester or 90 quarter hours). The application requires a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and a writing sample. We do not require GRE scores.

To apply for admission to Sacramento State's M.A. program in Public History, you need to submit two applications. One application goes directly to the History Department. You can use this PRINTABLE FORM or request a departmental application form by calling the History Department at: 916-278-6206. In addition, you also need to complete an Application for Graduate Study with Sacramento State's Office of Graduate Studies. This application may be completed ONLINE or you may request one by calling 916-278-6470.

Application Instructions for the Joint Ph.D. Program:

We also offer a joint doctorate in Public Historical Studies with UC Santa Barbara. The doctoral degree specifically prepares individuals for a career in academia with an emphasis in public history. For information on the joint Ph.D program, visit the UCSB Public History website or contact Professor Chris Castaneda at cjc@saclink.csus.edu. For application materials, please contact:

Deborah Johnson
Public Historical Studies Program
Department of History
Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
805-893-2224 (phone)

UCSB Public History website