Program Introduction

The public history program at UNA began in 2012. The program offers an MA in Public History, an undergraduate minor in public history, and a graduate certificate in public history. UNA’s partnership with the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area helps create many opportunities for internships and special projects. UNA’s location in the Shoals is exceptional for students interested in studying music history, frontier history, Native American history, the history of the industrial south, and African American history. Graduate assistantships are available.

Degrees Offered

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

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually

BA6 minors


Financial Aid Available


Deadline To Apply

For Public History MA: Nov. 1 for Spring admission, Feb. 1 to be considered for an assistantship, Fall admission, July 1, Fall admission without assistantship

Internship Requirements

Required for the MA in Public History and the undergraduate minor in public history.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Collier Library Special Collections and Archives
• Pond Springs
• The General Joe Wheeler Home
• Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area
• Fort Morgan
• Alabama Chanin
• Limestone County Archives
• Alabama Bicentennial Commission
• Florence-Lauderdale Public Library Digital Archives
• Tennessee River Museum
• Frank Lloyd Wright/Rosenbaum Home and Museum

Job Placement Assistance

Students work with the public history coordinator to make connections and build networks with appropriate institutions. Students present at numerous conferences and participate in field work activities which bring them into contact with potential employers

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

• Alabama Department of Archives and History
• Alabama Bicentennial Commission
• Des Plaines Public Library
• Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
• Frank Lloyd Wright/Rosenbaum Home and Museum
• National Park Service

Degrees Offered

  • Public History Minor