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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, including private companies, museums, archives, libraries, parks, battlefields, government agencies, and historic homes and 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 in 2015, 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.

The Department of History recognizes the disruption and stress caused by COVID-19. Therefore, we have decided to extend our deadline for the MA programs in History and Public History. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.