Public History M.A. and Ph.D.
The History Department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history with a concentration in Public History. The Public History Program (PHP) provides training for historians who intend to pursue careers in academic settings and in a variety of nonprofit, public service, community based, and private-sector organizations. Generally, the mission of public historians is to work with multiple publics to document and interpret the past for the present and to preserve it for the future. Careers may span one or several of the following purposes. They may be documentary in intent, including archival collections and management, film and digital media presentation, oral history, and institutional or corporate history. Curatorial work encompasses exhibitions, educational activities, and public programs at museums, historic sites, and other venues. Historic preservation and cultural resources management are aimed towards planning for and conservation of historic sites, buildings, objects, and natural and cultural landscapes. Practitioners in this area participate in public policy making and, often, the tourism industry. Many people who work in public history are committed to public service and social justice, and use history to make a difference in contemporary society.
Through coursework, hands-on classes called practicum, internships, and other for-credit applied projects, PHP students gain training in historical research and writing as well as exposure to a great variety of professional practices. The curriculum is flexible, enabling students to shape their M.A. and Ph.D. fields to best fit their interest. It acknowledges the interdisciplinary nature of public history and affords students ample opportunities to study in related fields of art and architectural history, anthropology and archaeology, dance and performance studies, media and cultural studies, English literature, public policy, and sociology, among others.
Applicants to PHP should have a B.A. in History. Those with a B.A. in other areas will be accepted if they can demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of history.
Requirements for the Ph.D. with a field of concentration in Public History:
For more information about the fields of study and detailed requirements consult the UCR General Catalog.
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