Undergraduate Programs

History, in the broad sense, is the study of all human experience. It examines the people, institutions, ideas, and events from the past to the present. The study of history contributes to cultural literacy and develops critical thinking and other useful skills while helping students understand the present and plan for the future. History study provides a solid, fundamental preparation for careers in business, industry, government, and education. It also serves as excellent preparation for law school, foreign service, international work, urban affairs, historical consulting, and library science.

History is an academic discipline offering both breadth and focus. At Sacramento State, the History major includes four lower-division survey courses and three upper-division seminars. In addition, students choose seven upper-division electives from a wide variety of available courses. The flexibility of the major allows students to focus on topical areas such as: women's history, the history of particular geographic areas, cultural history, ethnic group history, economic history, military history, and history from the ancient world to that of the U.S. in the 20th Century. Teaching credential candidates should complete the History/Social Science Pre-Credential Program.

Special Features

  • The History Department administers two interdisciplinary minors:
    • Middle-East and Islamic Studies Minor
    • Hellenic Studies Minor.
  • The Capitol Campus History Resources Institute, Hellenic Studies Center, North Central Information Center, and the Career for Science, History, Policy, and Ethics are associated with the department.
  • The California State Library, California State Archives, the Sacramento Discovery Museum, and the California State Railroad Museum provide a rich supply of materials for historical research. Sacramento State history students may use materials from these and other off-campus sources in their work.
  • Internships are available in a variety of public agencies and in some private enterprises. They are open to other majors and other 

Specialized Minors

In addition to the standard Minor in History (see the link in the menu, above), the History Department offers access to specialized minor programs that take an interdisciplinary approach, combining history with politics, society, culture, and other factors.  For more information, please examine the links below: