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MA in History - Public History

The Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History program at Southern New Hampshire University is designed to focus on the preservation, availability, and management of historical resources so that they can continue to be appreciated as time passes. Read on to find out more about this program now.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to this Southern New Hampshire program should have a bachelor's degree and may have majored in a history-related field. Potential students should have an interest in the preservation and value of historical landmarks and information. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History program at Southern New Hampshire University is meant to give students an idea of how research and examination methods are vital when looking at historical documents and locations. Foundation courses for this online program are designed to focus on historical lenses and analytical techniques while specialized concentration courses look at how effective management of historical resources can be necessary in preserving knowledge of past events. The public history concentration area also allows students to choose between available classes, so they can focus on areas they find particularly interesting or useful. Students must propose and then complete a history capstone project in order to graduate from this program.

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Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the forms of loans, scholarships, and grants. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History:

History (MA) Courses

  • HIS 501: Historiography
  • HIS 502: Historical Methods
  • HIS 510: Comparative History and Research
  • HIS 520: Historical Lenses and Scholarship
  • HIS 790: MA History Capstone Proposal
  • HIS 791: MA History Capstone Project

Public History Concentration

  • HIS 660: Introduction to Public History
  • HIS 661: Public History Strategic Management
  • HIS 662: Digitization of History
  • Select two of the following:
    • HIS 663: Documentary Editing
    • HIS 664: Archival Management
    • HIS 665: Museum Collection Management

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Career Paths:

Students who complete this program could be able to seek work with libraries, schools, historical societies, or in a number of other environments. Students could pursue entry-level work or employment that requires greater amounts of responsibility. Regardless of the work level, possible jobs will likely rely on the analytical, organizational, and research abilities emphasized in this program.

Potential career opportunities may include but are not limited to:

  • Librarian
  • Museum Administrator
  • Archivist
  • Documentary Editor
  • History Teacher
  • Genealogy Studies Professional

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