University of West Florida
College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities
M.A.-History, specializations: History; Public History; Historic Preservation, Historic Preservation Studies Certification
The Master of Arts in History (M.A.) degree prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities or further studies in the field. The Public History Specialization trains students in the various aspects of public (applied) history and requires completion of an internship. Students learn about the numerous ways in which public historians think and operate as professionals.
Beginning with an introductory seminar, students develop both traditional and public history skills and techniques. Students work in two or more areas of Public History Specialization, including community history, museology and museum studies, policy history, environmental history, and/or media history. To facilitate the learning of various skills and research techniques, students participate in a 6 sh internship with an appropriate agency or organization. As the thesis equivalent, students complete and defend an extensive report on their internship experience.
The History Specialization is a traditional degree that equips students to pursue further graduate study or to begin an enriching career. Students may focus their course work in American or European History and have the option of completing either a thesis or research paper.
Students in the master's program may also earn a certificate in Historic Preservation. The certificate program in historic preservation requires the completion of 18 sh at the master's level. It is geared towards individuals interested in acquiring a general focus in the field of historic preservation and current practitioners in the field who wish to add a historic preservation certification to their academic or professional credentials.
The University of West Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Small City
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999