Program Introduction

East Carolina University is the third largest school in the University of North Carolina system, and its History Department is a core part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Our History BA features four concentration options: Historical Studies, Pre-Law, Public History, and Atlantic and Maritime Studies (120 credit hours). Undergraduate students with other majors can also minor in Public History (18 credit hours). Our History MA includes both thesis (30 credit hours) and non-thesis (36 credit hours) options, with five concentration options: American history, Atlantic World history, European history, Military history, and Public history. Internships are a vital part of the Public History curriculum, and can be completed out of state.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Other

Credit Hour Requirements

BA: 120 (minor, 18); MA: 30-36.

How Many Students are Admitted Annually

BAca. 60

MAca. 20

MAs produced last year

ca. 10

Full-time Program Staff/Faculty

ca. 25

Financial Aid Available

Fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, internships, and scholarships are available. In-state tuition rates applicable after the first year (or immediately if from North Carolina).

Deadline To Apply

February 1 (MA); March 1 (BA)

Job Placement Assistance

Faculty networks and job announcements.

Job Placement Percentage Within One Year


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

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Park Service
  • Christopher Goodwin & Associates Inc. (Maryland)
  • Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research
  • Humboldt State University Cultural Resource Facility
  • A Time for Science-Greenville Center, etc.

Community & Institutional Connections

  • ECU Coastal Studies Institute
  • ECU Joyner Library (including the ECU archives, Special Collections, Rare Books, Digital Collections, and North Carolina Collections)
  • North Carolina State Archives
  • Greenville Museum of Art
  • Ledonia Wright Cultural Center