Program Introduction

Established in 1986, the MA in Public History at The University of Western Ontario admits approximately 12 students each year. Our program includes museology, applied archaeology, archives management, heritage management and an emphasis on digital history. Students complete an internship in the summer. Approximately 150 students have graduated from the program.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Editing
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History
  • Public Policy

Credit Hour Requirements

9.0

Internship Requirements

Summer internships are arranged by the student and instructor together, totaling 12 weeks of full-time work. Internships can be paid or unpaid and are conducted as the course History 9802.

Internships are not required for the Bachelor's degree.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Library and Archives Canada
• Canadian Museum of Civilization
• Parks Canada
• Royal Ontario Museum
• City of Vancouver Archives
• History Television
• Center for History and New Media (George Mason University, VA)
• National Museum/National Library of Scotland
• Museum of the Moving Image (New York City)
• Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
• Ontario Heritage Trust
• Canada’s History Society
• Archives of Ontario
• L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
• Canadian Cancer Society
• The History Group, Inc.
• Peabody Essex Museum (MA)

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

• Parks Canada
• Canadian Museum of Civilization
• Library and Archives Canada
• Archives of Ontario
• City of Hamilton Museums
• Ontario Heritage Trust
• Victoria and Albert Museum (UK)
• Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
• Ontario Genealogical Society
• Canada’s History Society
• AldrichPears Associates
• Public History, Inc.
• National Ballet of Canada Archives
• New Brunswick Museum
• London Life Corporate Archives
• Alberta Museums Association
• Canada’s Immigration Museum at Pier 21

Program Introduction

The new Public History undergraduate minor at the University of Western Ontario will begin in fall 2017 and crosses main campus, and its affiliates of Huron University College and King's University College. There is no cap on the number of students accepted. Courses emphasizes public history theory, history and practice, experiential and community-engaged learning, material culture.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Editing
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History
  • Public Policy