Program Introduction

Established in the late 1990s, the Public History program in the Department of History at Appalachian State University offers concentrations in museum studies, historic preservation, and public history. The program admits between seven to ten graduate students each year, with approximately ten students graduating annually.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

Teaching Assistantships
Research Assistantships
Tuition waiver
In-State Status

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

A six credit hour internship (240 total hours) is required. The program director establishes a contract between the internship site, the student, and the History Department. Students do not receive a stipend, unless the internship site offers one.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• National Park Service
• Greensboro Historical Museum
• The Henry Ford
• The Smithsonian Institute
• The Girl Museum
• National Archives and Records Administration
• Thomas Wolfe Memorial House
• Preservation Durham
• Carl Sandburg Home
• Old Economy Village

Job Placement Assistance

Career Center on campus can assist students; letters of recommendation and assistance reviewing job applications provided by public history faculty.

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

• Blowing Rock Art and History Museum
• Town of Abingdon, Virginia
• National Park Service
• Soomo Publishing
• History Associates, Inc.
• Morris Museum of Art
• Great Smokey Mountains Heritage Center

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in Public History