Master of Arts in Public History

University of North Alabama

Program Description

Master of Arts in Public History

University of North Alabama

The Master of Arts degree in Public History is intended to meet the educational needs of those aspiring to professional advancement in the field of public history. The curriculum in history and public history provides a sound basis to:

  • deepen students’ knowledge of history and public history, and to expand their critical thinking skills;
  • provide students with opportunities for extensive fieldwork and collaborative community projects as they complete their coursework, while also providing experience in their chosen area of study through the internship requirement;
  • prepare students for careers in historic preservation and historical administration, including positions in archives, museums, state historic preservation offices, and cultural resource management firms, and for advancement in job preparation and salary for public history professionals.

The Master of Arts in Public History is organized into two tracks, historical administration and historic preservation. The program offers two options within the two tracks: thesis and non-thesis.

Master of Arts Degree in Public History with a concentration in Historical Administration requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of credit and includes 21 hours of core courses, encompassing a course in Public History Historiography and Research Methods, two graduate colloquia in United States or European history, a course in Museum and Archival Administration, and Digital Collection Management, as well as an internship, a portfolio, and a course taken within the College of Business to help develop professional leadership skills. Students also complete 6 hours of Public History Electives. Students pursuing the thesis option take 6 hours of thesis work and must successfully defend a thesis. Students completing the non-thesis option take 6 hours of Directed Research and Study and must complete a comprehensive examination.

Master of Arts Degree in Public History with a concentration in Historic Preservation requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of credit and includes 21 hours of core courses, encompassing a course in in Public History Historiography and Research Methods, two graduate colloquia in United States or World history, Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management, Historic Preservation: Fieldwork Methods, as well as an internship, a portfolio, and a course taken within the College of Business to help develop professional leadership skills. Students pursuing the thesis option take 6 hours of thesis work and must successfully defend a thesis. Students completing the non-thesis option take 6 hours of Directed Research and Study and must complete a comprehensive examination.

In addition, both tracks require demonstration of a research skill. That skill may be reading knowledge of a foreign language. Other options exist to demonstrate research skill proficiency as appropriate for each student’s area of study.

The M.A. in Public History is not offered online, and is only residential.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 26, 2017
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Sept. 2018
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USA - Florence, Alabama
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