Public History Program
Public History Concentration Coordinator
Public History Graduate Concentration
The Department of History at Texas State offers a Master of Arts in History with a Concentration in Public History. Since its founding in 1997, the public history concentration has prepared graduate students for careers in historic preservation, state and national park service, oral history, museum education, archives, historic site interpretation, and more.
Graduate students in the Public History Concentration enroll in project-based courses during which they learn to apply the professional methods of collecting, preserving, and interpreting history for and with the public. A required internship affords students the opportunity to work with historical agencies, cultural institutions, and community partners both locally and nationally during their graduate education. In addition to practicing public history, graduate students are trained as scholars of history through traditional research and reading seminars led by the graduate faculty in the Department of History.
The Center for Texas Public History
The Center for Texas Public History facilitates research, professional development, public programming, and collaborative opportunities for public history graduate students and local partners. Established in 2011, the Center offers funding opportunities for graduate student internships and seeks to support the public-facing historical work of diverse institutions, agencies, and community groups in Texas.