Master of Arts
Concentration: Public History
- Convenient class times, opportunities to interact with the faculty and other students, small class size, graduate research assistantships and internships.
- The Public History concentration offers students training in historical research, analysis and writing as well as the theory, methods and skills of public history work.
- The Public History certificate is designed for individuals who already have an M.A. in history and seek professional training.
- UWG offers the only Museum Studies certificate program in Georgia and one of the few in the southeastern U.S.
- UWG hosts its Center for Public History, which offers students a hands-on experience in community and regional history projects and engages them in student-faculty research activities.
- A dedicated, knowledgeable and professionally active faculty will support you as you clarify your goals, develop your ideas and pursue your passion for history.
- Public History and Museum Studies certification available.
- The department permits students to develop their own area of concentration for minor fields: Women's History, Latin American History, Labor History, Military History, etc.
- Research assistantships and internships.
- Faculty encourage students to attend and present papers at historical conferences.
- Two certificate programs are offered beyond our traditional history offerings: the Public History Certificate and the Museum Studies Certificate.
- The Museum Studies program allows students to participate in activities similar to those performed in a museum setting: complete marketing and strategic plans, write foundation proposals, create exhibit proposals, develop educational programs and interpretive plans, and inventory and register museum collections. The classes require that all students build portfolios of their work to share with potential employers.
- Graduate Research Assistantships available for full-time graduate students: History Department, the Center for Public History, the Banning Mill Industrial History Research Assistantship, the Annie Bell Weaver Special Collections, the Georgia Political Heritage Project and special grant-funded projects offered through the Center for Public History.
- Employment available at museums, archives, historical organizations and the National Park Service. Graduates include an interpretive ranger at Manzanar National Park, a curator at the Wyoming Territorial Prison, the director of the Cherokee Museum, archivist at the University of Mississippi, and positions in Georgia such as the Atlanta History Center and Kennesaw National Park.
- Museum Studies students have been very successful at securing jobs in museums, archives and other public history venues including the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the High Museum of Art and St. Simon's Lighthouse Museum.
- History Club
- The Graduate Paper Award, the Georgia History paper award and the Graduate School Research Award
- The Fitzsimmons Award for Public History
- Museum Studies students may also submit research projects in the Material Culture seminar for departmental prizes and awards
- The electronic services provided by the Ingram Library are reputed to be among the most advanced in the state of Georgia.
- The Center for Public History researches, documents, preserves and promotes public discussion of the history and the architectural, cultural and folklife resources of west Georgia and the surrounding region.
- The Georgia Political Heritage Project is an oral history program that documents the memories of Georgia’s political leaders as they recount their role in the state’s political history. It is housed in the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, at the Ingram Library.
- The Center for Public History functions as a laboratory for public history research and outreach projects. It houses an archive, office space for graduate research assistants and meeting space for projects.
- The Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, the Georgia Political Heritage Project and the Waring Archaeology Laboratory.
- The Atlanta History Center is located on 33 acres in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead district and includes: one of the Southeast’s largest history museums; a research library and archives; two historic houses illustrating over a century of Atlanta’s history; and a two-acre campus which houses the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
- U.S. history
- Southern history
- Early modern Europe
- Modern European history
- Comparative global history
- African American history