Program Introduction

Public History at Wayne State University incorporates coursework from history, anthropology, political science, library science, and urban planning. Our MA program in Public History, established in 2015, offers tracks in Museum Studies; Cultural Resource Management; Public Policy; African American History and Culture; Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies; and Urban and Labor History. MA students may pursue a joint degree in Public History and Library Science, and may also elect to earn a certificate in Archival Administration. Our PhD students may complete a minor field in Public History. As of fall 2019, we offer an undergraduate minor in Public History.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historic Preservation
  • Library Science Program
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Public Policy

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually



MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

Tuition scholarships are available from the graduate school.

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

All students must complete at least one 3-credit internship (135 hours). It is the responsibility of the student, in consultation with an advisor, to identify a relevant internship opportunity.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Greenmead Historical Park
  • Arab American National Museum
  • Detroit Historical Society
  • The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
  • Yale Indian Papers

Job Placement Assistance

The Department runs a Speaker Series, professional development workshops, assists students with portfolio development, and arranges for career mentoring by public history practitioners from among our community partners.

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

  • The Henry Ford
  • Texas State University
  • Walter P. Reuther Library