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M.A. in Public History Details

M.A. in Public History Concentration (36 credits)

“Public History” is an umbrella term which identifies the various ways in which history is practiced in the world outside of a traditional academic environment. Public historians can be found in a variety of settings and institutions including archives to museums, government agencies, and historical societies. They can also be found at work with digital media projects, historic preservation and oral history programs, for corporations and as independent contractors.

All students complete 36 hours of coursework, combining conventional history courses with public history, research, and an internship designed to introduce them to the various public history fields and provide them with the opportunity to pursue more advanced study and practical experience in one or more of these fields. 

Students pursuing the public history option are required to take HIST 614: Research Methods, HIST 605: Introduction to Public History, and one section of HIST 601: History Seminar. Students also take six credits of public history course offerings (HIST 606, 770, 771, 772) and HIST 790: Seminar in Public History. The required six credits of internship (HIST 698) can be comprised of one six credit or two three credit course(s). The remainder of the credits are electives, with no more than nine credits coming from 500-level courses. No more than six credits may be taken outside of the program. This credit allowance is given only with advanced permission and at the discretion of the History Department graduate advisor/program coordinator. 

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  • History Department
  • Keith Hall, Room 203
    390 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2284
  • Fax: 724-357-6478
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.