Public History M.A.
Public historians are front-line interpreters, bringing historical knowledge to a broad public audience beyond the traditional academic classroom. The Masters of Arts in Public History is designed to prepare students for careers in history museums, historical societies, historic preservation, cultural resource management, government agencies, heritage tourism, and other fields in which history is presented to public and client-based audiences. The degree also provides K–12 history educators with tools to energize their classroom teaching. Students receive traditional training in the areas of historical research, writing, and interpretation, along with job specific skills and the hands-on experience necessary to become efficient and ethical stewards of the past. This degree is also appropriate for those seeking to pursue further study in American history or public history at the doctoral level. For more information, visit the department’s website at www.history.ccsu.edu/ ma_pubhist.html
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students in the program will be expected to:
• conduct original research;
• interpret primary sources;
• evaluate the historiography of a specific historical topic;
• demonstrate knowledge of public history practices and techniques; and
• communicate effectively with a non-academic or client-based audience.
To be considered for admission to the M.A. in history or the M.A. in public history, applicants must have an undergraduate or cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, and a degree in history or related field. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants who do not meet these admissions standards, but who have an undergraduate or cumulative GPA between 2.70 and 2.99, may be considered for conditional admission. In order to be recommended for full acceptance, conditionally admitted students must complete HIST 501 with a B or better. Students who do not meet the undergraduate GPA requirements for admittance or conditional admittance to the graduate program in history may take up to three courses (nine credits) in graduate-level history courses as a non-matriculated student. Those earning a minimum 3.30 GPA for these courses may apply for conditional admittance to the graduate program. Those students must also provide two letters of recommendation from CCSU History Department faculty. Once conditionally admitted, those students who achieve a B+ or above in HIST 501 will be fully admitted into the program. Prospective graduate students without an undergraduate degree in history, but who meet the GPA requirements for full admission to the graduate program, should meet with the History Department chair or a History Department graduate advisor to determine the requisite courses needed for admission. At minimum, those students will receive a conditional admittance and must complete HIST 501 with a B or better. For consideration, all application materials must be received by the Department of History by the November 1 deadline for spring admissions and May 1 for fall admissions. Applicants who do not meet the fall admissions deadline may enroll in courses on a non-matriculated basis, subject to course availability.
Applicants must submit the following materials to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office:
• the application for Graduate Admission
• application fee
• official transcripts from each college or university attended (except Central Connecticut State University).
Additional Materials Required:
Applicants must submit the following materials to the History Department:
- A statement of purpose describing the applicant’s academic interests in history not to exceed 350 words. Applicants for the M.A. in Public History should also address their professional goals and career aspirations.
Course & Capstone Requirements:
(33 credits, including an internship and project [Plan C]):
Admission criteria: Acceptance into the CCSU Graduate Program and approval of the History Department.
Public history courses required (graduate courses specific to public history) (18 credits):
HIST 501 The Professional Historian
HIST 510 Seminar in Public History
HIST 511Topics in Public History (taken twice with different topics)
HIST 521 Public History Internship
HIST 595 Public History Research Project (Plan C)
General history courses to be taken from the following list (9 credits):
HIST 560 Seminar in American History
HIST 565 Seminar in 17th- and 18th- Century America
HIST 566 U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 570 Immigration in American History
HIST 571 History of Sex, Gender, and Health in Modern United States
HIST 540 Seminar in European History
HIST 563 The Age of Jackson
HIST 512 Connecticut Encounters
Two elective courses (6 credits), chosen in consultation with an advisor. At least one of these courses (3 credits) must be taken in a discipline other than history.
Additional non-course requirement: Each student must attend five professional conferences as part of his/her program.
No more than six credits can be taken at the 400-level.
For more information, contact Briann Greenfield, PhD, at (860) 832-2821, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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