Master of Arts, Public History
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 Public History, you must meet the following requirements:
1) Applicants must have an undergraduate (or combined undergraduate/graduate) GPA of 3.00 or higher, as well as a degree in history or related field. If you do not meet this admission standard, please see the NOTES below.
2) Applicants must submit the following materials to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office:
- The graduate school admissions application and application fee
- Official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University)
3) Applicants must also submit the following materials to the History Department
- two letters of recommendation
- two essays. Write a 500-word essay that discusses a work of history that has influenced the way you think about the past, and write a 250-word essay that describes your career aspirations and any opportunities for career preparation that you have had.
4) All application materials must be received by the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office and the Department of History no later than November 1 for spring admissions (with a priority date of October 1 for spring admissions) and May 1 for fall admissions (with a priority date of April 1 for fall admissions). Applicants who do not meet the admissions deadline may enroll in courses on a non-matriculated basis, subject to course availability.
a) If you have an undergraduate degree in history but are denied admission because you have an undergraduate (or combined undergraduate/graduate) GPA between 2.70 and 2.99, or for any other reason, then you may be considered for conditional admission. In order to be recommended for full admission, conditionally admitted students must complete HIST 501 or HIST 502 with a B+ or better.
b) If you have an undergraduate degree in history but are denied admission because you do not meet the GPA requirements for full admission or conditional admission, or for any other reason, then you must take 9 credits of 500-level history courses, including History 501 or 502, as a non-matriculated student. (If you are later admitted to the program, then those courses will apply to your graduate degree.) In order to be considered for admission, you must earn a grade of B+ in all 9 credits of 500-level history courses and receive two positive letters of recommendation from CCSU History Department faculty. Once you have fulfilled those conditions, you should apply again for admission.
c) If you meet the GPA requirements for full admission to the graduate program but do not have an undergraduate degree in history, you should meet with the History Department chair or a History Department M.A coordinator to determine the requisite courses needed for admission. At minimum, those students will receive a conditional admission and must complete HIST 501 OR HIST 502 with a B+ or better.
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) (21 credits):
HIST 501 The Professional Historian
HIST 502 Historiography
HIST 510 Seminar in Public History
HIST 511 Topics 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 (6 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 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.