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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, Public History, M.A.

(30 UNITS)

The Master of Arts degree in history is designed to provide a course of study for those whose interests are in teaching, business, government service and the professions, as well as for personal enrichment. It offers all the basic requirements for those who intend to pursue a doctoral degree upon the completion of their study at California State University, Fullerton.


Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants must have, a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units and a 3.0 grade-point average in upper-division history courses. Only those who have at least a 3.5 GPA in upper-division history courses may request an exemption. After fulfilling the university requirements, the applicant’s records are sent to the History Department’s graduate coordinator for additional evaluation. Students with deficiencies will be considered for admission only after they have completed courses approved by the coordinator.

Study Plan

Each student drafts his or her study plan with the graduate coordinator and an adviser during the first semester of study. A study plan must be filed after 13 units of coursework are completed.

Electives (15 units)

Electives must include nine units in adviser-approved content courses, three of which must be in history.

Cultural Skills Requirement

In addition to the 30 units of coursework required of all students, before advancing to candidacy a cultural skills requirement must be met. In consultation with the student’s graduate adviser, this may be fulfilled in a variety of ways: 1) an examination on reading ability in a foreign language or a minimum of two courses of appropriate foreign language coursework over and above the required 30 units; 2) completion of six units of comparative studies in other departments appropriate to the student’s program over and above the required 30 units; 3) an examination of courses taken in statistics; 4) completion of a Humanities and Social Sciences Study Abroad Program or other overseas program with a similar academic focus; or 5) completion of a CSUF Washington, D.C. internship. For further information call the Department of History.

Total (30-36 units)