Program Introduction

The History Department at Portland State University offers its M.A. students a Public History track. The program admits approximately six students each year who work closely with our partners at the Center for Columbia River History ( and the National Park Service site at Fort Vancouver to develop skills in oral history, historic site interpretation, and public programs.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Local/Community History
  • Oral History
  • Other

Credit Hour Requirements


Financial Aid Available


Deadline To Apply

See program website for details.

Internship Requirements

Required. Internships are arranged by the student’s advisor.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• National Park Service
• Oregon Historical Society
• Clark County History Museum
• Center for Columbia River History
• Portland State University Archives
• Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
• Oregon Jewish Museum
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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

• Oregon Historical Society
• Center for Columbia River History
• National Park Service
• City of Portland