History - Public History

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Graduate Catalog: History

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: History

Graduate Director:
Dr. Mary Wingerd

Program Overview

Majoring in public history with a master of art degree prepares graduates for employment with historical societies, museums, archives, and private, county, state and federal interpretative centers and other historical sites.

Many graduates with a M.A. or M.S. degree in history enjoy employment as history instructors in K-12 education, two-year and four-year colleges. 

Majoring in history provides a wide variety of employment opportunities such as marketing analysis, advertising, banking, public relations, media, historical societies, and law. 

Length of Program - Measured by Semesters

  • The program is designed for both full and part-time students.
  • Part-time student: six semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester or four semesters taking nine credits per semester.
  • Students must expect to complete their course loads by enrolling mainly in daytime courses.
  • Some classes are available to be completed during evening and summer session classes.

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Between five and seven departmental graduate assistantship positions are sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters.
  • History graduate assistants will have the opportunity to work with students in the classroom, assist the faculty with research, and perform other duties.