Program Introduction

Established in 1989, the Capital Campus Public History Program at Sacramento State University admits fifteen to twenty students each year. The program offers an MA in history with emphases in archival management, museums, historic preservation, and cultural resources management. Professional seminars are taught by public historians currently working in the field. Approximately 120 students have graduated from the program. A joint PhD with UC Santa Barbara is also available.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in History
  • M.A. in History
  • M.A. in Public History
  • Other

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historic Preservation
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually



Financial Aid Available

Teaching assistantships

Deadline To Apply

February for following Fall Semester

Internship Requirements

Students arrange internships in conjunction with the program director. A total of nine hours are required.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• California State Parks
• California State Archives
• Angel Island State Park
• JRP Historical Consulting
• State Office of Historic Preservation
• Center for Sacramento History
• Placer County Museum and Archives

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

• California State Archives
• Sacramento History Center
• Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (Quinnipiac University)
• State Office of Historic Preservation
• Private Consulting Firms