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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: Heritage Interpretation Emphasis prepares the student for fields at the intersection of education and public history. Students will hone skills aimed at connecting classrooms with museums and historic sites. Students will 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 public history institutions.

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  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills relevant to the documentation and interpretation of historical documents, objects, buildings, landscapes, or historic sites.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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