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M.A. in Public History

What is Public History?

Public History is history that happens outside of a textbook and the classroom. Public Historians interpret the past for the public in museums, national parks, historic houses, or on main streets. Public History programs give you skills to deal with different audiences, various materials, and multiple contexts. It is often called 'applied history', because it mixes deep historical knowledge with theory and practice.

Why Study Public History at Duquesne University?

For more than thirty years Duquesne's Public History Program has introduced graduate students to the theories and practices of the field. Our M.A. program, which has nearly 400 alumni,

  • Offers cutting-edge courses,
  • Assigns professional internships, and
  • Prepares you for rewarding careers in both for-profit and non-profit sectors
  • In a variety of places such as:
    • private companies
    • museums
    • archives
    • libraries
    • parks
    • battlefields
    • government agencies
    • historic homes
    • sites in a variety of local, state, and national locations

With the hiring of new public history faculty and the implementation of a new curriculum, an expanded choice of internships, as well as new research and networking opportunities for students, now is an excellent time to consider Duquesne for your graduate education in Public History.