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, and  European Studies. As you study with your professors and alongside doctoral students, you’ll build relationships and develop the expertise necessary to thrive academically.

Program Highlights
  • The Libraries of The Claremont Colleges are among the largest collections in California, and the Huntington Library, one of the world’s finest research libraries for English and American history, is nearby.
  • You can pursue an MA in History in conjunction with another degree program, such as a PhD in Religion. You receive a diploma for each degree  and “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.

Program at a Glance

40 units

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

Fall | Spring


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 367
Nuclear America

Studies the powerful and pervasive effects of nuclear energy—military, commercial, and civilian—on the U.S. from 1945 to the present with an additional focus on such global events as Chernobyl and Fukushima.

HIST 323
Reformation Europe

Explores the Protestant Reformation and its aftermaths and backlashes in Europe and the British Isles, as presented in recent and classic historiography.



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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

  • Matthew Bowman profile image

    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

  • David Cressy profile image

    David Cressy

    Research Professor of History

    Research Interests

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

  • Joshua Goode profile image

    Joshua Goode

    Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
    Chair, History Department

    Research Interests

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

  • Romeo Guzmán profile image

    Romeo Guzmán

    Assistant Professor of History



    Research Interests

    Citizenship, Migration, Sport, Public history, Digital humanities

  • Gideon Manning profile image

    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

  • JoAnna Poblete profile image

    JoAnna Poblete

    Associate Professor of History

    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

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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