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The Master of Arts degree in History equips you with research skills and credentials that prepare you for a variety of careers, from teaching and scholarship to work in archives, museums, libraries, and more.

Your study will focus across a wide field of topics and approaches to the past. You’ll benefit from a broad-based humanistic education that emphasizes the research, analytical, and communications skills critical for meaningful careers in almost any field. You’ll have access to faculty-scholars specializing in U.S. and European history as well as faculty from the other Claremont Colleges. You’ll discover abundant opportunities to traverse disciplines and bring diverse ideas and scholarship together, including concentrations in American Studies, Early Modern Studies, European Studies, and Global/Comparative History. As you study with your professors and alongside doctoral students, you’ll build relationships and develop the expertise necessary to thrive academically.

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

40 units

2 years (full-time and part-time options)

*This estimate assumes full-time registration and pursuit of the degree. Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

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MA in History

Featured Courses

HIST 385
Genocide & Human Rights in Modern European & World History

Looks at the ways in which contemporary scholars have tried to categorize and understand genocide, what regimes perpetrate them and why.

HIST 388
Race in European & Latin American History: 1750-Present

Examines the development of race in Europe over the last 250 years, from the Enlightenment and the rise of new explanations of racial difference to Nazi racial policies and the Holocaust.

HIST 332
Topics in 19th Century U.S. History

Offers in-depth examination of the lives, motivations, actions, and hopes of diverse “ordinary” Americans through civil war, the growth and demise of slavery, imperialistic expansion across the continent and Pacific, the crystallization of a new class system and more.

HIST 315
Museums, History & Story Telling

Explores the theory, methods, and politics of museum exhibitions through a partnership between the Autry Museum of the American West and Claremont Graduate University.

HIST 420
The Sixties

Examines period from the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974.

HIST 304
Intro to Oral History Methodology

Explores both theoretical & practical aspects of the field, culminating in an oral history interview, interview transcript and analysis paper.



Research Paper


Language Requirement

Oral History Program

Inaugurated in 1962, the Claremont Graduate University Oral History Program has amassed an impressive collection of interviews with persons whose life experiences merited preservation and special projects, such as China Missionaries Oral History Project, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. It is a premier resource for research into the history of The Claremont Colleges and California state government and politics.


Faculty & Research

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Matthew Bowman

Associate Professor of Religion and History
Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies

Research Interests

Mormonism, new religious movements, evangelicalism, religion and American politics

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David Cressy

Research Professor of History

Research Interests

Early modern European history; Power, culture, and the state; Race, ethnicity, and nation

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Joshua Goode

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
Chair, Cultural Studies (Fall 2022)

Research Interests

Modern Spain, 19th- and 20th-century Europe, Genocide and racial thought, Museums and commemoration, Memory

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Romeo Guzmán

Assistant Professor of History

Research Interests

Citizenship, Migration, Sport, Public history, Digital humanities

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Gideon Manning

Research Associate Professor of Early Modern Studies

Research Interests

History of philosophy, medicine, and science; European intellectual, social and cultural history; Early Modern reception studies

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JoAnna Poblete

Professor of History
John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities
Chair, History Department

Research Interests

Colonialism and empire, unincorporated territories, migration and labor, comparative ethnic studies, Asian-American and Pacific Islander studies, 20th-century United States, indigenous issues, environmental history, oral history, U.S. expansionism


Extended Faculty

Shane Bjornlie

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Late Antique history, Roman history

Myriam Chancy

Scripps College

Research Interests

African diaspora with specialization in its literature

Alfred Flores

Harvey Mudd College

Research Interests

U.S. empire in Oceania with an emphasis on diaspora, labor, indigeneity, militarization, oral history and settler colonialism in Guåhan

Lily Geismer

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

20th century liberalism in the United States, Fair housing, Liberal religion and politics

George Gorse

Pomona College

Research Interests

Italian Renaissance art and architecture, Italian Baroque art and architecture, Medieval art history, History of cities, palaces, villas, and gardens, History of Genoa

Vivien Hamilton

Harvey Mudd College

Research Interests

Medical technologies, including x-rays, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Daniel Livesay

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Early American and Atlantic history; Race, family, and slavery in North America and the Caribbean

Charles Lofgren

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

American Constitutionalism, American founding, Constitutional law, Military history, War and foreign relations

Char Miller

Pomona College

Research Interests

U.S. environmental policy, U.S. public-lands management, Western water politics, Immigration and border security, Urban politics and development, U.S. intellectual and cultural history

Harmony O’Rourke

Pitzer College

Research Interests

Cultural and social history of early modern and modern Africa, Global diasporas, Gender and sexuality, West Africa, Slavery, Colonialism, Oral history

Albert Park

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

Design & architecture, East Asian history & political economy, Korean history, Modern Japanese history

Ralph Rossum

Claremont McKenna College

Research Interests

American Constitutionalism, American Founding, Constitutional Law, Crime and Criminal Justice, Indian Gaming Issues, Redistricting, Supreme Court, Voting Rights

Victor Silverman

Pomona College

Research Interests

U.S. History, Alcohol and Drug Studies, History of Sexual/Gender Minorities, The Cold War, Labor Unions, International Labor Movements, U.S. and Britain, San Francisco Bay Area History, California History, Sustainable Development Policy

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

Interdisciplinary Concentrations

As a student in the School of Arts & Humanities, you have the option of completing one of five interdisciplinary concentrations.

American Studies

The American Studies concentration takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of United States culture, society, civilization, and identity through the curricular lenses of history, literature, critical theory, and more.

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Early Modern Studies

The Early Modern Studies concentration undertakes interdisciplinary examination of history, culture, politics, and society within the transitional and transformative period that stretched between Medieval and modern societies, marked especially by the advent of print, Christian confessional war, and the rise of the modern state.

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Hemispheric & Transnational Studies

A comparative analysis of culture in the Americas, the concentration in Hemispheric & Transnational Studies explores how scholarship on the Atlantic, borderlands, and diaspora have reshaped U.S. American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Latin American Studies, emphasizing the topics of empire, race, religion, and revolution.

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Media Studies

Situated at the bustling intersection of cultural studies, new media, critical theory, and popular culture, the burgeoning field of Media Studies examines the creative and critical practices of media consumers, producers, artists, and scholars, focusing on questions of representation, power, technology, politics, and economy.

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Museum Studies

The Museum Studies concentration investigates the history and political role of museums in society, the interpretation and display of a wide variety of cultural productions, and topics of special concern to museums as cultural organizations, using a multidisciplinary, practice-based approach to understand the historical development of this evolving field.

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These concentrations are available for students pursuing the following degree programs:

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