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History | Public History Program

  • American University Library

    Summer Courses

    Take our summer classes!
    HIST 668: Collections Management for Archives and Museums
    and PERF 596 F01L: Museum Management

  • Public history student projects

    Student Projects

    AU's program gives students opportunities
    to learn public history in the field.

  • Why Public History at American

    Why American?

    Discover what makes AU public history special.

  • Public History students and faculty taking a tour of President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldier's Home.

    Presenting History

    Students learn about new
    and innovative ways
    of engaging the public
    with history.

  • Griffith Award

    Griffith Award

    The Griffith Award supports student travel to the National Council on Public History's annual conference.

American University's Public History program prepares students to practice history in public, collaborating with communities and cultural institutions to document and interpret both local and national histories.

A degree in public history opens doors to a number of professional fields, including museums, cultural tourism and community history, historic preservation and cultural resource management, libraries and archives, and new media. Learn more about what makes our public history program unique.

For more information about AU's Public History Program, please direct inquiries to the Public History Office, publichistory@american.edu.


Visit the AU Public History Facebook page, where students and faculty share their experiences in the program.

Public History at AU

Interested in a Public History MA from AU?

Contact the Public History Office, publichistory@american.edu, for more information about the program.