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M.A. in Public History

Historians recognize that their discipline can play a vital role outside the classroom.  Public history draws on the basic skills and methods of history and applies them to a wider, public audience. These skills are used in the interpretation, preservation, and management of our rich historical resources. Public historians are engaged in such diverse activities as museum and archival administration, historic preservation, and research for government or corporate clients.

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Public History (MAPH) program have found professional employment with a variety of agencies from university archives to regional museums. As curators, archivists, consultants, or writers, they are historians who serve the larger community beyond the classroom. In sum, the MAPH program is designed to help prepare students to take advantage of the great opportunities in public history.

The master of arts in public history program is based on a foundation of graduate level training in history and significant skills in an applied field. To provide this balanced background, the 39-hour degree program has three basic components.

A 21-hour core curriculum that includes a seminar in historical methodology, an internship, and a thesis with oral defense

A 9-hour traditional history segment

A 9-hour applied emphasis segment in archives, museums, or historical preservation (students may work with the program coordinator to design an emphasis segment to meet their specific needs)

Instructions for applying to the UALR Graduate School, entrance requirements for the Master Arts in Public History, and descriptions of Graduate courses in History and Public History are given in the UALR Graduate School Catalog.  

For more information or to discuss the program, contact Program Coordinator, Dr. Charles Romney, Ph.D. at

Updated 9.28.2010