Public History


The University of California, Riverside is home to one of the oldest and most established Public History programs in the country, offering both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Graduates of UC Riverside's program are now public history professionals working across the country as museum directors and curators, archivists, and documentary filmmakers. They are leaders in the fields of historic preservation, conservation, and cultural resource management in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The program has built strong partnerships with local institutions, including museums, archives, land conservancies, city planning organizations, and heritage sites. It offers graduate students a unique experience, combining hands-on work in the fields of public history with rigorous academic training.