Program Introduction

Established in 2000, the Public History program at Lehigh University offers a concentration in Public History for undergraduate history majors and MA students. PhD students may do a minor field in public history, as one of their 4 fields. The graduate program at either level offers the opportunity to earn a certificate in documentary film (including training in documentary filmmaking), and both undergraduate and graduate students may work closely with professionals in local museums as part of their coursework. PhD students choose between one of two foci for the PhD: the Atlantic World, or Industrial America. MA students do broader work primarily in American History, but have the option to study African and/or European history as well.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A. in History with a Certificate or Concentration in Public History
  • Other
  • Ph.D. in History
  • Public History Minor

Program Strengths

  • Film/Video
  • Local/Community History
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements

36 for the MA; 42 or 48 for the Ph.D

How Many Students are Admitted Annually




Financial Aid Available

Tuition Remission (MA and Ph.D.)
Teaching Assistantships (Ph.D. only)
Fellowships (Ph.D. only)

Deadline To Apply

January 1

Internship Requirements

For the MA, internships are required: 5-10 hours a week for a 14 week semester, or the equivalent. 2 credit
hours or 4 credit hours. Unpaid. Students arrange an internship in consultation with and approval from the program director.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc.
• Martha’s Vineyard Museum
• Ephrata Cloisters
• Moravian Historical Society
• Moravian Archives

Job Placement Assistance

Director of the Public History program consults with students, puts them in touch with public history alumni, etc.

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

• 9/11 Memorial Museum
• National Constitution Center
• Hillwood Museum and Gardens
• Smithsonian Institution Historic Bethlehem Partnership
• Moravian Historical Society
• Moravian Archives

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in History with a Certificate or Concentration in Public History