Program Introduction

Established in 2008, the M.A. Concentration in Public History offers two tracks: local/community history and military history. The curriculum combines regular M.A. requirements with courses in the theory and practice of public history and an internship at a museum, archive or library. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, culminating with a thesis and a comprehensive oral examination. The program admits about 8 students to the Public History concentration each year.

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

  • Digital Media
  • Film/Video
  • Local/Community History
  • Oral History
  • Other

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

Tuition Waiver
In-State Status

Deadline To Apply

February 15

Internship Requirements

Required. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who tracks the student's progress. Students are required to keep a weekly journal, which the advisor, Dr. Connie Atkinson, uses to evaluate progress; advisor meets with student regularly & reads final evaluation of student's on ‐ site supervisor.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Louisiana State Museum
• National World War II Museum
• Historic New Orleans Collection
• National Park Service
• French Quarter Festival
• Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
• Henry Stanley International Research Project
• UNO Library, Special Collections
• Touro Infirmary Archives

Job Placement Assistance

Many of our students have ended up being employed after interning at a specific museum or research center. Faculty & recent graduates maintain contact via email & social media re: permanent & temporary employment opportunities.

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

• National World War II Museum
• Historic New Orleans Collection
• Louisiana State Museum
• Louisiana State Park Service
• National Park Service