Graduate Program 

 
Welcome to the graduate history program at California State University, Fullerton! Our curriculum is intellectually stimulating, rigorous, and mindful of connecting the past to the present. We are recognized as one of the strongest M.A. programs in the region and we are well-poised geographically to allow our students access to the numerous archives and university libraries in southern California. Some of our strengths lie in enhancing and further preparing secondary educators in their fields as well as training students at our outstanding Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History. We have also enjoyed great success sending students to history PhD programs.
 
During the course of their studies, students can expect to master historical pedagogy, critical analysis of sources, research methods, and historical writing. This training readies our graduates for careers in teaching, government, business, law, journalism, social service, research, and more. 
 
We currently offer three degree programs within the department: 
Masters in History: General Degree Program

The Master's Degree in History consists of 30 units or the equivalent of 10 courses. This general degree program is the most flexible degree option, allowing students to tailor their coursework to their  area of interest when a concentration is not offered in their focus area. This option best prepares those seeking a PhD program or pursuing a career in education. 

You may opt to complete this program by choosing one of the following exit options:

  • Defending a thesis
  • Completing a project
  • Passing two comprehensive examinations

It is still possible to add a concentration after admission to the General MA program; however you are encouraged to apply under the concentration you are interested in.

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Masters in History: Public History Concentration

The Public History concentration prepares students to practice history in more public settings such as museums, libraries, archives, and classrooms. Specialized coursework includes at least one required internship. This concentration also has particular access to and support from CSUF's Center for Oral and Public History.

You may opt to complete this program by choosing one of the following exit options: 

  • Defending a thesis
  • Completing a project
  • Passing two comprehensive examinations

It is possible to pursue concentrattions in Chicana/Chicano and Oral/Public/Digitial History simultaneously. Speak with a graduate advisor for more details. 

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Masters in History: Chicano/a Studies Concentration

The Chicano/a Studies concentration allows students to develop a deep, interdisciplinary understanding of the histories, art, literature, education, sociology, and theory of Chicanx and Latinx histories, contributions, and experiences. Specialized coursework includes a required Chicano/a Paradigms and Traditions course, and related electives.

You may opt to complete this program by choosing one of the following exit options: 

  • Defending a thesis
  • Completing a project
  • Passing two comprehensive examinations 

It is possible to pursue concentrations in Chicana/Chicano and Oral/Public/Digital History simultaneously. Speak with a graduate advisor for more details.  

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Please view our M.A. in History General Info PacketPDF File for more detailed information on the program.