Master of Arts

Public History

Central to Bringing the Past to Life. 

Use your CCSU MA in Public History to share your love of history beyond the traditional classroom. Build upon traditional graduate-level academic coursework, job-specific skills, and field-based experience with collaborative inquiry, community outreach, and a commitment to environmental sustainability. Prepare for a career in museums, government agencies, non-profits, heritage sites, historical societies, and even corporations. 

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August 
  • 33-credit program 
  • Attend full- or part-time 
  • Classes offered evenings on campus 
  • Nontraditional learning environment includes study in the classroom, field, and specialized seminars 
  • Financial aid is available 
  • No GMAT/GRE required

Program Options

Museum Studies

Work with local and state history museums. Learn about exhibit curatorship, interpretation, programming, and administration. 

Historic Preservation

Learn how and why to document, designate, and steward historic resources across a diverse landscape as part of place-based development. 

Digital History and Communications

Master a variety of digital media tools to communicate content and market to the public on social and other media. 

Archives/Collections Management

Develop the skills cultural institutions need to catalogue, care for, and archive historical documents and artifacts. 

- Danielle Johnson, MA '12

Since my time at CCSU's Public History Program I have involved myself in all aspects of a Public History career. Currently I am an 8th Grade US History teacher in Connecticut, and what I learned at CCSU has been vital to my classroom. I incorporate public history, museums, non-profits, and historic preservation into the coursework that my students are working on.

- Danielle Johnson, MA '12

Did You Know?

  • 9/11 Museum 
  • American Institute of Indian Studies 
  • Barnes Museum 
  • Barnum Museum 
  • Cincinnati Museum Center 
  • Connecticut Historical Society 
  • Connecticut Humanities Council 
  • Crosskey Architects 
  • Discovering Amistad 
  • Federal Emergency Management Administration 
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center 
  • Heritage Consultants 
  • Library of Congress 
  • Long Island Museum 
  • Mark Twain House 
  • National Park Service 
  • New England Air Museum 
  • Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine 
  • Preservation Connecticut 
  • Waterbury Development Corporation 

What You'll Gain

  • Knowledge of best public history practices and current techniques 
  • Ability to effectively work and communicate with non- academic and client-based audiences         
  • Experience conducting original research and interpreting primary sources within historical context 
  • Skills to evaluate the history in almost any field 
  • Exposure to the profession through work and networking opportunities to build your career