Degree Programs in History

Students at Sonoma State can earn a Minor, Major (B.A.), and/or M.A. degree in history. To earn a history minor, students must take a total of 22 units of history coursework. History majors must take at least 40 units of history coursework. To graduate with distinction with a B.A. in history, candidates should have consistently achieved high academic marks, made significant contributions to the department, and/or overcome serious personal or professional hardships.

To earn an M.A. in history, students must already have a B.A. degree and must then take 30 units of coursework in the department. At least 15 units of the M.A. program must be graduate courses at the 500-level. For further requirements for each degree program, see the links below.

History Minor Requirements

Students contemplating a minor in history should consult the History Department for advising early in their academic careers. Courses graded Cr/NC are not applicable to the history minor.

Minor Core Requirements

One lower-division World History Course (These courses satisfy GE D2.)

  • HIST 201: Foundations of World Civilization
  • HIST 202: Development of Modern World

One lower-division U.S. History Course (These courses satisfy GE D3.)

  • HIST 251: History of the U.S. to 1877
  • HIST 252: History of the U.S. since 1865

Minor Electives

To finish the General History Minor, students must complete 16 units of upper-division work in history, usually 4 courses.  Students may not count additional lower division units toward the minor.

History Major Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Core Requirements

HIST 201: Foundations of World Civilization

  • History majors may replace HIST 201 with HIST 303, 335, 339, 400 or 401

HIST 202: Development of the Modern World

  • History majors may replace HIST 202 with HIST 337, 342, 382, 383, 411 or 412

(You must take either HIST 201 or HIST 202.  You may not replace both courses.)

HIST 251: History of the United States to 1877

HIST 252: History of the United States since 1865

  • History majors may replace HIST 252 with HIST 445, 446, 468, 470 or 477

(You must take either HIST 251 or HIST 252.  You may not replace both courses.)

HIST 498: Senior Seminar

  • Check with an advisor or the department office for the current offerings.

Three units from the HIST 201, 202 sequences are assigned to General Education category D2 and three units from the HIST 251, 252 sequences are assigned to General Education category D3.

Major Electives

To finish the major, students must complete additional units in history to total 40 units.  These units must include one upper-division course in European history and one course on an area of the world other than the United States or Europe.  Three units of electives can be lower division, the remaining 20-21 units must be upper division.

Additional Elective Courses in History

A course from another department may be used as a history elective with the approval of a history advisor and the History Department Chair.

Master of Arts in History

The Master of Arts degree in History is designed to provide students with a program of advanced intensive courses leading to specializations in such areas as United States, Latin American, European, African, Asian and local history. Apart from the final requirement of either a master’s thesis (and oral defense) or examinations in three fields (written and oral), the master’s program contains flexibility sufficient to meet the varying personal, professional and academic needs of the candidate. The Graduate Coordinator and the Supervisor of the thesis or field committee provide assistance and direction toward achieving the student’s academic objectives.

The M.A. degree in History is a 30-unit program. Requirements include at least 15 units of 500-leval coursework; of these, two seminars and the final project are mandatory. Students may apply up to 15 units of upper division work (at the 300 or 400-level) toward the M.A. degree.

Graduate seminars and upper division classes are generally small, offering individualized attention, guidance and interaction between faculty and students. Graduate students are expected to recognize various methodologies and perspectives of historical inquiry and interpretation, and to master the techniques of history writing and research. Opportunities for independent study (8 units maximum) and teaching or research-related work, conjointly with faculty (2 units maximum), are available.

Application deadline for the Fall semester is February 15th.

Requirements for Admission

How to Apply

Application Form

Graduate Student Handbook