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 BA and MA 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.
Professor Steve Estes guided students through a project that captured one of a kind interviews with key founders and leaders of Rohnert Park. Honoring RP's 60th Anniversary, the treasured collection is now part of a Sonoma County Library web exhibit. Explore the exhibit