M.A. in Public History

The Master of Arts in Public History at Southeast offers two emphases for students: Historic Preservation and Heritage Education. The Historic Preservation emphasis will prepare you for further study or a career in museums, historical sites, or agencies. If you choose the Historic Preservation emphasis, you will take a series of courses that will familiarize you with issues in public history, material culture, the historic landscape, and the built environment. Experiental learning opportunities are available in field exercises and projects that take history out of the classroom and into public venues. The Department of History and Anthropology also offers a Certificate in Historic Preservation that covers similar themes and skills but requires only 18 hours. The Certificate hours can be applied to the full master's degree in Public History.

The Heritage Education emphasis will prepare you for fields that intersect with education and public history. You will learn to connect classrooms with museums and historic sites, develop a familiarity with issues confronting social studies teachers and public history educators, study the contexts in which those professionals work, and develop plans for increasing student learning in those contexts that highlight the collaborative possibilities between classrooms and publich history institutions. The Certificate in Heritage Education shares these emphases, but requires only 18 hours. The Certificate hours can be applied to the full master's degree in Public History.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate the ability to research an historical question by locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources, including documents, objects, buildings, and landscapes
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess the authenticity and significance of a variety of historical sources
  • Demonstrate a well-developed understanding of the theory and methods in the field of public history
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which historians working in a public sector environment face unique issues of ethics and professionalism
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate historical knowledge and create educational experiences to facilitate historical investigation in the school classroom or in public settings such as museums, archives, historic sites, and preservation agencies

36 Hours Required

Required Courses

  • GH600 Introduction to Public History (3)
  • GH610 Methods of Research in History (3)
  • US/EH/WH620/630 Readings/Seminar in History (6)
  • HP588 Legal and Economic Principles of Historic Preservation (3)
  • US635 American Material Culture (3)
  • GH695-697 Thesis (6) OR HP640 Internship (3) AND HP645 Advanced Project in Applied History (3) AND two comprehensive examinations

Choose One of the Following Areas of Emphasis:

Historic Preservation Emphasis
  • HP585 History of American Architecture (3)
  • Electives (9)
Heritage Education Emphasis
  • HP635 Issues and Interpretations in Public History (3)
  • Electives (9)

Choose 9 hours from:

  • GH520 Techniques of Oral History (3)
  • HP540 Topics in Historic Preservation (3)
  • HP552 Historic Preservation Field School (3)
  • HP575 Collections Management (3)
  • HP580 History of American Building Materials and Tech (3)
  • HP589 Historic Preservation Based Economic Revitalization (3)
  • HP630 Issues in Historic Preservation (Archives, Museums, Historic Site Administration) (3)
  • HP640 Internship (3)
  • HP645 Advanced Project in Applied History (3)
  • HP650 Problems in Historic Preservation (Archives, Museums, Historic Site Administration) (3)
  • Students may also choose HP585 or HP635 if not otherwise required

Sample Two Year Plan - Historic Preservation

Fall

  • GH 600, Intro to Public History
  • HP 585 History of American Architecture
  • US 635 American Material Culture

Spring

  • GH 610 Methods of Research in History
  • HP 588 Legal and Economic Principles of Historic Preservation
  • US 620 Seminar in U.S. History

Fall

  • WH 630 Seminar in World History
  • HP 650 Problems in Historic Preservation
  • HP Elective

Spring

  • HP 640 Internship
  • HP 645 Advanced Projects in Applied History
  • GR 698 Comprehensive Examinations
  • HP Elective

Sample Two Year Plan - Heritage Interpertation

Fall

  • GH 600 Intro to Public History
  • US 620 Seminar in U.S. History
  • US 635 American Material Culture

Spring

  • GH 610 Methods of Research in History
  • HP 635 Issues and Interpretations in Public History
  • US 507 Civil War and Reconstruction

Fall

  • WH 630 Seminar in World HIstory
  • HP 650 Problems in Historic Preservation
  • HP Elective

Spring

  • HP 640 Internship
  • HP 645 Advanced Projects in Applied History
  • GR 698 Comprehensive Examinations
  • HP Elective

Contact

(573) 651-2146
jmcgaugh@semo.edu
Art Building 203
Caranahan Hall 311

Department of History and Anthropology
One University Plaza, MS4150
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701