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MA in History, Public History Concentration

The MA in History (Public History Concentration) is an innovative collaboration between the History Department and the Arts Management Program. Students receive deep training in historical knowledge and primary research practices, as well as comprehensive training in the business and advocacy skills sought after in the arts and cultural sectors. 

Our graduates are well prepared to wear the multiple hats often required in the world of public history.

  • Real-world value: After initial training in both departments, students undertake guided field research for area cultural institutions.
  • Unique to you: The degree culminates with a student-designed M.A. project, showcasing individual student’s public history skills.

This degree is particularly suited for students entering the Public History field, finding future jobs in historical museums, societies, and sites. 


A minimum of 39 credit hours is required. Because of the nature of this program, transfer credit hours cannot be accepted, nor can courses be taken outside of History and Arts Management.

Required Courses in History (15-18 credits)

  • HIS 500: Doing History: Issues in Public History
  • HIS 502: American Core I
  • HIS 503: American Core II
  • 500-level reading seminars (6-9 credits, at least 3 credits must have a non-U.S. focus)

Required Courses in Arts Management (15 credits - choose 5 courses)

  • HIS 609: Public History Internship
  • AAP 518: Issues in Museum Management
  • MGG 620: Non-Profit Management
  • AAP 585: Legal Issues in Arts Management
  • AAP 508: Cultural Policy
  • AAP 552: Introduction to Business II

History Research Seminar (3 credits)

M.A. Project Guidance (3-6 credits)

The M.A. project is a substantial public history presentation based on original research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member. With approval from the advisor, it may be an extensive expansion of research undertaken for a seminar or for the fieldwork experience.