Design Your MA to Develop Your Expertise
The MA in Public History prepares students for an exciting career with historical knowledge, research skills, and hands-on practical experience. Students have the freedom to develop their own unique set of skills and expertise, pursuing internships and classwork in fields of their choice, developed with their academic advisor. Full-time students complete the 33-credit program in 18 months. Please see Frequently Asked Questions for prospective students.
The program prides itself on a commitment to mentorship, collegiality, and public service. As part of AU's public history community, students explore the capital city and beyond, engaging in class trips to local cultural institutions. They build teamwork and leadership skills by engaging in service projects. Students further their academic and professional careers and gain networking experience by attending national public history conferences and working with high-profile historical institutions. With the close support and guidance of AU's academic community you will acquire the tools to succeed in this dynamic field.
Coursework expands students' historical knowledge and provides a solid foundation in historiography. Core courses include a seminar on public history, a practicum, and an internship. Students develop skills with courses in oral history or history and new media, in addition to conducting original research combining academic and public history during research seminars.