Program Introduction

Messiah University offers an undergraduate Public History major that was established in 2021. The first graduate of the program will be in May 2024. Prior to the Public History major, there was a Public History concentration and 25% of History majors chose this concentration.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in Public History
  • B.A. in History

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


Full-time Program Staff/Faculty


Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Two internships are required (one that is 1 credit and one that is 4 credits). These internships are paid and part of the regular coursework. Internships are arranged by the University Internship Center and members of the Department.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Pennsylvania House Archives
  • Pennsylvania State Archives
  • Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Eisenhower Historic Site and Farm
  • York History Center
  • Cumberland County Historical Society
  • Army Heritage and Education Center
  • Digital Harrisburg Initiative
  • The Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, NJ
  • Pennsbury Manor Historic Site
  • University of Southern Mississippi’s “Mapping Freedom”

Job Placement Assistance

Students work closely with the university career center and history program faculty.

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

• Thurmont Regional Library (Maryland)
• National Civil War Museum
• Red Bank Battlefield Curator
• Cumberland County Historical Society