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Master of Arts


The Department of History at California State University San Marcos offers an innovative graduate degree that combines advanced historical studies with media and technology skills as applied to the research, the presentation, and the preservation of history. The graduate degree is designed to prepare students for the modern world of historical research, writing, and teaching. Our degree furnishes students with the opportunity to pursue a traditional Master of Arts degree in History while gaining experience in using new technological advances that are revolutionizing the field. Students may tailor their coursework to their individual historical interests and technological needs. Additionally, the program provides opportunities for internships and experience teaching history in the college classroom.

During their course of study, students will take required courses in:

  • Historiography and the philosophy of history
  • Thematic historical topics in specific world areas
  • Digital History skills as applied to research, writing, presentation, and teaching

The CSUSM History Master of Arts degree offers preparation for a variety of post-graduate goals including: doctoral education, community college and post-credential teaching, public history employment (museums, historical societies, and archives), careers in media and journalism, urban planning, governmental jobs, and a host of other possibilities both in the public and private sectors.

For more information, visit Digital History at CSUSM

M.A. Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with an M.A. in History will:

1. Produce historical analyses that reflect a sophisticated understanding of major schools of historical theory.

2. Demonstrate the knowledge of advanced historical methodologies in research.

3. Produce scholarship that shows an in-depth knowledge of at least one portion of the human historical experience.

4.Perform critical analyses of the history of media/new media technology.

5. Acquire skills in digital media technology and apply those skills to the practice of history.

6. Develop advanced research skills.

7. Develop advanced historical writing skills.

8. Produce research that makes an original and significant contribution to historical scholarship, in conversation with existing historiography.