Program Introduction

Established in 2015, the Museums, Archives & Public History program is a unique blend of academic and experiential learning. The program is small and tailored to the interests of the student. The program has no limits on admission but typically admits 5 students a year and graduates a similar number.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in Public History
  • Museum Studies Degree, Certificate, or Minor

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History
  • Public Policy

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Full-time Program Staff/Faculty

One full-time faculty member and adjuncts are drawn from local museums, archives, and historical houses.

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Students are required to complete three internships, which may or may not be credit-bearing. In many cases, these are unpaid internships, but some support is available through our innovative SPARK program, which provides students with $1500 to engage in a summer internship.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

Rochester Museum and Science Center
The Strong National Museum of Play
Arlington House

Job Placement Assistance

The Center for Life's Work partners with Museums, Archives & Public History program to assist students in professional development and job placement.

Job Placement Percentage Within One Year


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

Genesee Valley Arts Council
Seneca Falls Historical Society
Seward House Museum
Buffalo Children’s Museum
Buffalo History Museum
Denver Botanical Garden
Rochester Museum and Science Center
Harper Collins Publishing
Buffalo Maritime Center
The Bird House

Community & Institutional Connections

Rochester City Historian
Rochester Genealogical Society
various Historical Societies throughout Monroe County
Underground Railroad Consortium of New York