Program Introduction

The Public History Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette began in 1997. The program offers an M.A. in history with a concentration in Public History in which students typically focus on museums, historic preservation, digital history, and audio-visual projects. All students admitted to the program are eligible to receive funds to cover internship expenses as well as funds to attend professional workshops and conferences. International internships are encouraged. An interdisciplinary Certificate in Historic Preservation is also available.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Film/Video
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

Teaching and research assistantships available
Internship funding available
Conference travel funding available
Research travel funding available

Internship Requirements

Students arrange internships (3 credit hours) in consultation with the Director of Public History program. The Department offers generous funding to cover costs associated with travel to and living expenses at the internship location. International internship encouraged.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

Job Placement Assistance

Job placement assistance includes direction from faculty members and opportunities for professional development. Regular workshops (CV, cover letter, mock interviews).

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