Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Oral History

How Many Students are Admitted Annually

MA15 (three year average)

MAs produced last year

12 (three year average)

Financial Aid Available

Graduate School Fellowships
Departmental Graduate Assistantships

Students awarded these fellowships and assistantships are also eligible for an out-of-state tuition abatement.

Internship Requirements

Internships are required during the second semester of the first year of study. The three-credit internship course is a supervised field experience in which the student observes and participates in the functioning of a public history host organization for at least 140 hours over 15 weeks. The Public History Coordinator arranges each internship in consultation with the student to ensure that they are able to gain the kinds of necessary skills for the type of work they intend to pursue in their post-graduate careers. The scope of work for the duration of the internship must be established prior to the start of the course and approved by the Public History Coordinator.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

*This is the first class so these are the places where new students will be interning for degree credit

  • The Preservation Society of Charleston
  • The Charleston Archive of the Charleston County Public Library
  • Old Slave Mart Museum
  • The Gullah Society
  • College of Charleston Special Collections
  • The Avery Research Center
  • The Citadel Oral History Program

Job Placement Assistance

The Public History Coordinator closely advises students on job placement, and the program offers workshops in such areas as resume building, job interviews, and the publication process.

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

  • Monticello
  • South Carolina Historical Society
  • Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
  • McLeod Plantation Historic Site
  • Historic Charleston Foundation
  • The Preservation Society of Charleston
  • Historic Columbia