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What do our Public History students say?

“I am truly grateful that I chose Central Connecticut State University for my graduate training. Every success I have enjoyed in the history and publishing professions can somehow be tied back to my time at CCSU. In addition to helping me hone such fundamental skills as the utilization of proper research methodology and audience-focused communication, the history program provided numerous opportunities to work alongside professionals in my field. The training and networking opportunities I received at CCSU eventually allowed me to launch my own business. I have yet to encounter another program like it or another group of educators so dedicated to seeing their students succeed.”

Mangan Associates LLCGregg Mangan, MA 2007
Ph.D. Arizona State Univ.
Mangan Associates, LLC 

“My graduate studies at CCSU furnished me with unique experiences that developed my skills as a public historian, while also strengthening my connections to institutions and individuals in the field.  A blend of rigorous coursework and applied projects acquainted me with professional standards, philosophy, and practice.  The academic challenges I faced were met equally with the nurturing support of faculty and staff.  CCSU prepared me to compete for work on a national scale, a catalyst that continues to propel me forward.”

National September 11 Memorial & MuseumLuke Boyd, MA 2013
MA Public History
Interpretive Guide
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

“My time at CCSU provided me with practical learning, as well as hands-on experiences, that equipped me with the tools needed to transition from graduate student to a working professional in museum collections. Through the guidance of experienced and caring professors I was able to network within the public history field before leaving the classroom, placing myself in a position to smoothly enter my career as a peer to my colleagues rather than as a stranger. The skills, knowledge, and confidence I built at CCSU cannot be undervalued and I will always be grateful for the strong foundation the History Department and Public History program laid for my future.”

Litchfield Historical SocietyJessica Jenkins, MA 2012
Curator of Collections
Litchfield Historical Society 

“CCSU taught me that a passion for history can become a successful and fulfilling career path. I appreciate the guidance I received there from the professors in the History Department, and their determination to see all the students succeed academically and professionally. Thanks to that support, I quickly earned a position as a historic preservationist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.” – BA and MA at CCSU

FEMAFEMA SealTodd Jones, BA 2008, MA 2011
Historic Preservationist

“The CCSU Public History Master’s Program gave me the academic and professional experience I needed to fulfill my career aspirations.  Courses in exhibit design, material culture, current field topics and traditional history courses gave me the academic support that I needed to work in the Historical Non-profit field.  The program also gave me an opportunity to work with a number of institutions in the field, which furthered my professional experience necessary to actively work in museums. I wouldn't be where I am without the CCSU Public History Master’s Program.”

Danielle Johnson, MA 2012
Museum Manager
New England Carousel Museum

“I came to CCSU with specific goals for my career and found the professors of the Public History program ready to help me achieve these aims. Their enthusiasm and knowledge could be found in the variety of classes that were available to help me cultivate a broader and more marketable skill set. Thanks to the steadfast support of my advisors I was introduced to the National Park Service and spent the last year of my two-year program working as a park ranger for Weir Farm National Historic Site. I graduated from the Public History program with a confidence in my abilities and an eagerness to begin a new profession. Within a year I was hired as the Curator of the Wells Fargo History Museum in Philadelphia, PA.”

Wells FargoCaitlin Sjaarda Phillips, MA 2012
Wells Fargo History Museum

*Winner of the National Council on Public History 2014 Graduate Student Project Award 

CCSU’s Public History program provided me with a beneficial combination of academic training and real-life experience.  Dedicated professors pushed me to my full potential and prepared me for participation in the public history workforce.  While every day is a new learning experience, I continue to apply the skills and methods developed at CCSU.”  

CT Trust for Historic PerservationMichael Forino, BA 2011,
MA Public History 2013
Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation 

“CCSU History faculty provide an academic environment in which methodology and practical experience impart skills required of the modern historian. A degree program that ensures both education and application, MA candidates collaborate with professors, peers, and a community of historians. Personally, these partnerships yielded publications, exhibit proposals and installations, as well as the documentarist and oral history training that I firmly believe imparted the skills required for my current position at the Library of Congress.” 

Veterans History ProjectLibrary of CongressOwen Rogers, MA Public History, 2012
Veterans History Project
Library of Congress

The Public History Master's program at CCSU gave me a great foundation for my current work at the Steamship Historical Society of America, a national 501(c)3 organization, dealing directly with a large community of maritime history enthusiasts.  CCSU's program prepares you for all sorts of work in public history, while the valuable Capstone project allows you customize your studies and focus specifically on your area of interest.

Steamship Historical Society of AmericaDiana Moraco, MA Public History, 2010
Membership Coordinator
Steamship Historical Society of America