Program Introduction

Established in 2002, Western Carolina University's History Department Graduate Program offers students an MA in History with a public history focus. A current average of three students graduate annually with the MA public history track.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available


Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged through the internship coordinator. Students can earn 3 credit hours. Internships are part of coursework, but can be paid.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Tryon Palace
• Thomas Wolfe Memorial
• Cowpens National Battlefield
• Fort Fisher State Historic Site
• Tribal Historic Preservation Office (Cherokee, North Carolina)
• Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual
• Mountain Heritage Center
• Western North Carolina State Archives

Job Placement Assistance

The Graduate Program Director and Public History Director work with students to develop their resumes, facilitate networking through conferences, and to develop portfolios.

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

• Thomas Wolfe Memorial
• Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
• Old Salem Museums and Gardens