Earn your graduate degree in Public History

Looking for a future that includes the past?

Explore a career in public history.

Virginia is a state where heritage and history are both studied and lived. Helping that history come alive is the job of public historians.

At the University of Richmond, our graduate program in Public History combines the rich history of the area with the practical skills and professional knowledge required to make history accessible to the public.

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers a Public History concentration in the Master of Liberal Arts program as well as a stand-alone graduate certificate in Public History. Classes are held on the beautiful and well-resourced University of Richmond campus in the evening, so you can earn your degree as a part-time student while you work.

And if you’re already a public historian seeking professional development, consider our Institute on Philanthropy’s weeklong institutes in nonprofit marketing, fundraising, grant writing and planned giving or our graduate programs in nonprofit studies.

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Public History Programs of Study
MLA Concentration

Master of Liberal Arts Concentration in Public History

Required Core

15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

MLA 500U Methods and Themes in Liberal Studies
MLA 506U Humanities Seminar
MLA 507U Social Sciences Seminar
MLA 508U Science Seminar
MLA 599U Seminar in Liberal Arts


Public History Concentration

15 semester hours

PHIS 521U Introduction to Public History
PHIS 522U Managing Public History Organizations
PHIS 523U Management of Historical Collections
PHIS 524U Marketing the Past: Methods of Historical Interpretation and Communication
PHIS 575U Capstone Course
Graduate Cetificate

Graduate Certificate in Public History

Required

18 semester hours

MLA 500U Methods and Themes in Liberal Studies
PHIS 521U Introduction to Public History
PHIS 522U Managing Public History Organizations
PHIS 523U Management of Historical Collections
PHIS 524U Marketing the Past: Methods of Historical Interpretation and Communication
PHIS 575U Capstone Course

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