February 3, 2021

History Department Programs Place in Top 50 of National Ranking

MAKING THE CUT: CGU's History Department ranks in Intelligent.com's Top 50 history master's programs.

When it comes to studying graduate-level history and museum studies, CGU’s Department of History has placed among the leading institutions according to a new rankings report assessing programs nationwide.

CGU has been named among Intelligent.com’s annual Top 50 Master’s Degree Programs in History.

Nearly 200 colleges and universities were assessed by Intelligent.com, a Seattle-based firm using a wide range of factors for its methodology, including an algorithm that draws data from other existing rankings as well as collecting publicly available information about universities nationwide.

The ranking puts CGU’s program well ahead of comparable programs at Georgetown University, Loyola University Chicago, and other peer institutions.

“While rankings aren’t what most of us use to assess the true quality of our programs, I appreciate the recognition that our program’s focus on training people for a wide variety of careers and outcomes is garnering,” said Joshua Goode, who chairs the university’s history department.

In particular, Intelligent.com’s rankings singled out the department as being “Best for Museum Curators.”


Museum Studies at the university is an interdisciplinary concentration that gives students a chance to study coursework from the humanities, social sciences, curatorial methods, and management along with the more practical hands-on learning associated with optional internships. Many students in the concentration have gone on to careers at distinguished museums in California and across the nation.

For the current ranking, the research firm evaluated school programs based on flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation.

For Goode, the recognition of CGU’s program (especially Museum Studies) affirms the liberal arts-based mission and focus that have informed the department from its beginning.

“We are guided by the belief that to be a good curator, one has to have a firm foundation in the humanities, and that a well-trained historian should be able to speak to a wide public, “ Goode said. “That a ranking website recognizes that effort is welcome news.”