Program Introduction

UNCC's public history M.A. was established in 2003 with a focus on History and New Media. In addition to core history courses, students may take complimentary courses outside of the department. Our students have interned at local, regional and national museums, and graduates have taken jobs in historic preservation, museum education, as directors of local museums, or have gone on to law school or doctoral programs. UNCC public history students won the NCPH Student Project Award in 2008.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Business
  • Digital Media
  • Editing
  • Film/Video
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History
  • Publishing

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Full-time Program Staff/Faculty

2 Full-Time PH Staff

Financial Aid Available

Scholarships, stipends, assistantships, tuition waivers, in-state status, & loans.

Internship Requirements

Public History Program Director works individually with students to arrange internships that meet their professional goals. 3 credit hours earned for 145 hours, paid internships encouraged.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Levine Museum of the New South
  • Charlotte Museum of History
  • Charlotte Pride
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historical Landmarks Commission
  • National Park Service
  • Earl Scruggs Center
  • Carolina Aviation Museum
  • National World War I Museum

Job Placement Assistance

The Program Director works with each student to assess their career goals and matches appropriate coursework, internship, and work experience to build a foundation for placement success.

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

  • State of Tennessee
  • Earl Scruggs Center
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • UNC Greensboro (PhD program)
  • Historic Ships in Baltimore
  • Pennsbury Manor (William Penn House)
  • Lincoln County Historical Association
  • Paul Revere Museum
  • Colonial Williamsburg

Community & Institutional Connections

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historical Landmarks Commission
  • Levine Museum of the New South
  • Charlotte Museum of History
  • Atkins Library Special Collections
  • UNCC Latin American Studies Program
  • UNCC Africana Studies Program
  • UNCC Capitalism Studies Program
  • UNCC Interdisciplinary Studies Program
  • Charlotte Teachers Institute