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Public History Program

Do you have a passion for history?

Do you aspire to bring history alive for people from all walks of life?

Come to the University West Georgia and prepare yourself for a career in public history.

West Georgia offers an exciting program with plenty of opportunity to gain hands-on experience and to learn and network with public historians and organizations around the region and throughout the United States. 

We offer an M.A. in History, with a concentration in public history; a graduate Certificate in Museum Studies with the Atlanta History Center; and a graduate “add-on” Certificate in Public History.  For undergraduate students, we provide a variety of classes, internships, and work experience to introduce you to the field.

Why West Georgia?

The Public History program at the University of West Georgia stands apart from other public history programs because of the diversity of “real-world” experiences that we offer to our students. We have:

In addition to offering valuable “hands-on” work experiences, our popular graduate research assistantships at the Center for Public History also include a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend.

What can you study?

West Georgia promises academic excellence in a personal environment. Our classes are small, and students work closely with faculty members to explore areas of interest.  Public history advisors help tailor a student's coursework to his or her particular academic and career interests.  

We offer a wide range of public history courses in oral history, historic architecture, folklife, material culture, archives, and digital history, as well as special topics such as interpretation of Civil War battlefields and documentary film making.  Our Museum Studies Certificate includes classes in museum education and interpretation, exhibits, administration, and collections management.  UWG also has an agreement with Valdosta State University's Master of Library and Information Science program to cross-list classes.

Public History students can explore academic fields including U.S. History, Southern History, Atlantic World, War and Society, History of Religion, World and European History or develop their own fields such as Women’s History.

Explore your horizons. Study Public History at the University of West Georgia.