History Department


2022-23 History Journal 22-23 History Journal Goes Live!: Access the full publication smiley
James Mestaz photo In the Spotlight: Dr. James Mestaz is featured in the American Historical Association (AHA) news magazine, Perspectives. Read the article
Mestaz Book Cover Strength from the Waters, A History of Indigenous Mobilization in Northwest Mexico: A book by new History faculty, Dr. James Mestaz! Read more about the book
Glass of Red Wine SSU History Alumnus wins Society for Italian Historical Studies (SIHS) Article Prize for Modern Italian History: Congratulations Dr. Brian Griffith! Read more and watch the video

The study of history involves the study of all human thought and action, ranging from the economic and the political to the psychological and the artistic. Combining the perspectives and methods of the social sciences and the humanities, it seeks to comprehend the problems and challenges faced by individuals and societies in the distant and recent past, nearby and far away. This understanding of the human experience provides the necessary historical perspective to explain the present.

The Department of History at Sonoma State University offers courses in US, European, Asian, and Latin American history in addition to courses with regional and thematic approaches. The department offers a B.A. and M.A. in history and a minor in history. After completing their degrees in history, undergraduates enter careers in a variety of fields including law, government, teaching, journalism, business, academia, and the non-profit sector. Graduate students pursue careers in education, museum curatorship, librarianship with some continuing their historical studies on the PhD level.

We welcome inquiries about our undergraduate and graduate programs, and we appreciate your interest in the study of history at Sonoma State.