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Liberal Arts Graduate Degree in Public History

If you’re seeking a master’s degree that focuses on public history, the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) concentration in public history combines interdisciplinary study in the humanities with a focus on public history methods and management.

The MLA’s curriculum requires a focus area that addresses a specific topic or inquiry. The public history concentration defines the MLA’s focus on public history while retaining its interdisciplinary focus on scholarship and practice in the humanities and social sciences.

The MLA concentration in public history is an ideal master’s degree for history majors seeking a graduate degree to continue or hone a focus on the application of history. Combined with additional graduate history coursework, the MLA may also meet the needs of non-history majors seeking to enter into the field of public history.

Small class sizes (the average is 12-15 students), students who are working professionals, often seeking advancement in the field, and adjunct professors who are active practitioners in the fields they teach provide an unparalleled opportunity for learning from peers and faculty alike — both cutting edge theory and practical, applied experience in public history contexts.

The MLA concentration in public history requires 10 classes for a total of 30 semester hours. Coursework taken for the graduate certificate in public history will apply toward the MLA concentration.

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

Contact Us

Public History Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133