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MA Public History


The M.A. in Public History: Historic Preservation Option prepares the student for further study or career placement in museums, historical sites or agencies. Students will develop familiarity with issues in public history, material culture, the historic landscape, and the built environment. Students will participate in field exercises and projects that take history out of the classroom and into public venues.

The M.A. in Public History: Digital Heritage Emphasis provides a unique and innovative learning experience as it can be completed either full time or part time and is designed to address the increasing need for digital content in heritage institutions. It is ideal for those seeking a career in public history, or for professionals wishing to update their skills, allowing students to select one of three tracks: Computer Science, Educational Technology, or Multidisciplinary.

What You'll Do

  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills relevant to the documentation and interpretation of historical documents, objects, buildings, landscapes, or historic sites.
  • Develop advanced historical research and analysis skills through work with varied primary and secondary source materials.
  • Develop expertise in skills in communicating history to a variety of audiences, including public, professional and academic.

What You'll Study

  • GH600 Introduction to Public History
  • GH610 Methods of Research in History
  • US635 American Material Culture
  • HP645 Advanced Project in Applied History

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historic Society
  • Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
  • Executive Director at Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
  • History Associate, Missouri History Museum


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