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M.A. in Public History

If you want to pursue or advance your career in Public History, start with an MA in public history from UNA. This program, located on a historic campus in a historically preserved downtown area, offers students opportunities for extensive fieldwork and collaborative community projects, as well as deep experience in their chosen field of study through a required internship.

With an MA in Public History, graduates are prepared for careers in archives, museums, state historic preservation offices or cultural resource management firms.

UNA’s Public History Program provided me a solid foundation in the theory and practice of public history. The program taught me how to develop engaging and educational programs for visitors. I also learned best practices for managing and curating museum exhibits, as well as different methods to use while engaging with community members and volunteers. All of this serves me well in my role as a Cultural Resource Specialist at Fort Morgan, an Alabama Historical Commission historic site.

Dylan Tucker

Dylan Tucker
M.A. in Public History ‘15

Historical Administration

With a concentration in Historical Administration, students develop skills needed for museum and archival administration, digital collection management and professional leadership skills.

Historic Preservation

With this concentration, students develop a portfolio of historic preservation work and build expertise in managing cultural resources and building professional leadership skills.

The MA in Public History is organized into two tracks, historical administration and historic preservation, each with thesis and non-thesis options.

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Program Requirements

Master of Arts Degree in Public History with a concentration in Historical Administration requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of credit and includes the following core and options:

Core Courses of Study 21

Elective Courses of Study12

Total 33

Master of Arts Degree in Public History with a concentration in Historic Preservation requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of credit and includes the following core and options:

Core Courses of Study 21

Elective Courses of Study12

Total 33

RESEARCH SKILL REQUIREMENT: The M.A. in public history requires demonstration of a research skill. Students satisfy the research skill requirement by successfully completing graduate coursework in a foreign language reading proficiency or by the successful completion of a reading proficiency examination administered through the Department of Foreign Languages. A student may also satisfy the research skill requirement through successful completion of upper-division coursework as approved by the graduate committee of the Department of History.

NON-THESIS OPTION: students choosing the Non-Thesis Option must complete six hours of HI 640, Directed Research and Study, in addition to the core and six additional semester hours of 500-600 level history electives. Comprehensive Examination: students choosing the non-thesis option must enroll in and satisfactorily complete HI 698, Comprehensive Exam.

THESIS OPTION: students choosing the Thesis Option must complete a minimum of six hours of HI 695, Thesis, in addition to the core and 6 additional hours of 500-600 level public history electives. Thesis Defense: students choosing the thesis option must enroll in and satisfactorily complete HI 699, Thesis Defense.

PUBLIC HISTORY CENTER: The Public History Center serves as the consulting branch of the Public History Program. Additionally, the Public History Center staff participates in community outreach projects.