Students may choose a concentration in public history in conjunction with the MA in history or as an outside field for the PhD in history. The public history concentration for the MA requires 9 hours of core course work plus elective courses. A two-course seminar-practicum series is taken in the first year of study (6 hours). The graduate seminar gives students a historical and theoretical context for their work and covers some of the dominant paradigms in the field public history. The graduate practicum meets in a seminar format and builds professional knowledge and skills in governance, development and grant writing, public outreach, and various interpretive tools. This course requires students to complete class projects at public institutions. Please see complete MA degree requirements.
While the Washington, DC, area has an enormous amount of job and internship opportunities, current and incoming public history students might consider seeking employment at AU. AU's Human Resources department has created a Student Jobs Portal. The History Department's Careers in History page offers a number of useful links to other, long-term job opportunities. The public history's program's own Facebook page serves as community forum where students, alumni, and faculty can post and share new job and internship opportunities. Other resources that you should consult include:
All public history students must complete as least one internship as part of their degree. Students can find instructions and the necessary forms for internships here.
American University's consortium system gives students the opportunity to pursue coursework at a number of other universities in the Washington, DC, area. Learn about the consortium system and its requirements consortium system and its requirements.
HIST 729: Public History Seminar, required, offered every fall. Sample Syllabus.
HIST 730: Public History Practicum, required, offered every spring. Sample Syllabus.