Program Introduction

The CSUSB program for Public and Oral History was created in 2002. It offers undergraduate students an in-depth introduction to various fields of public and oral history, including museum management, archival practices, historical archaeology, historic preservation, and oral history. The program attracts fifteen to twenty students in internships and graduate programs.

Degrees Offered

  • Other

Program Strengths

  • Historic Preservation
  • Library Science Program
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements

82 credits in the major

How Many Students are Admitted Annually




Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Required. Students are responsible for selecting their internships in consultation with a member of the faculty. When possible, faculty try to match students with internships that closely match the students’ interest and area of concentration within the field of public history.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • National Archives
  • Pechanga
  • Howard Dean Museum
  • Coachella Valley Historical Society
  • Manzanar National Historic Site
  • San Bernardino County Archives
  • San Bernardino Community Hospital
  • Heritage Consortium of Inland Southern California
  • Water Resources Institute
  • San Bernardino County Museum
  • Museum of Tolerance
  • Smithsonian National History Museum
  • A.K. Smiley Library
  • Riverside County Archives

Job Placement Assistance

Faculty help place students in internships and help students network with graduate programs to make a smooth transition to graduate studies.