Department of History

Master of Arts in History, Public History Concentration

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Why Choose Public History Concentration in History?

The public history concentration is designed for you if you are a graduate student primarily interested in a career in archival administration or museum management. It provides you with both theoretical and practical training in these areas.

Public historians apply their skills and knowledge outside of academic or classroom settings. The public history concentration at Wright State integrates a traditional history curriculum with courses taught by professionals in archives, museum studies, and historic preservation; an internship; and a project leading to a Master of Arts degree in history with a specialization in public history.

For more information, please contact:

Kathryn B. Meyer, Ph.D.
357 Millett Hall
(937) 775-2901


Graduates of the Public History concentration pursue careers in museums, historical societies, federal, state and local archives, state and federal park services, corporations, universities and public programs in history education.

Real-World Experience

The public history internship experience is designed to allow you to gain valuable experience as a public historian, as well as the opportunity to learn “on the job” and to network within the profession. Internships can be completed in a variety of settings such as museums, archives, libraries, historic sites, etc. and must provide the student with a variety of professional level work experience. Internships are normally completed between the first and second year of the public history program of study. You must meet the pre-requisites for the internship as listed in the catalog. Internship Guidelines (PDF)

Success Stories

Erix Infante, a graduate history student, plans to pursue a career creating exhibitions for museums after he graduates from Wright State.
2010 Wright State grad Jeremy Feador has front-row seat as Cleveland Indians chase history.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Arts in History program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Capstone Project

Students in public history are required to complete a capstone project in place of the traditional master’s thesis. The project is the culmination of your graduate career and should reflect a strong command of academic knowledge and professional training. You should carefully select and plan a public history project that will not only demonstrate your level of achievement but be a significant contribution to the field. Capstone Project Guidelines (PDF)



Decisions regarding admission to the graduate program of the Department of History, continuation in the program, and dismissal from it are made by the department's Graduate Studies Committee. The candidate for admission must meet the requirements of the Graduate School, must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average as verified by official transcripts. A strong candidate will have substantial undergraduate course work in history or a major in the field. Please note that the Department of History does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, each candidate shall submit a statement of goals, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. The one-page statement of goals should explain what draws the candidate to graduate school (specifying which track of the program the student intends to complete) and discuss his or her long-term career aspirations. The writing sample should be on a historical topic and include complete citations (usually the writing sample comes from an advanced undergraduate history course). All these items may be submitted through the online application except for the writing sample, which should be mailed to the Graduate School address.

Graduate School
E344 Student Union
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001

In special cases, a candidate with a cumulative grade point average below 3.0 may be admitted conditionally (visit the Graduate School website for details). Conditional status may be granted upon a favorable committee recommendation based on the candidate's application and an interview with the director of the graduate program. An applicant without adequate work in History may enter the program but may be required to take deficiency work as prescribed by the Graduate Studies Committee.

A graduate student in any college of the university may take up to three graduate history courses without prior approval of the Department of History. Any student desiring more than 9 credit hours of graduate history courses must secure the approval of a director of the graduate program.

New graduate students will be admitted in the Fall Semester of each year. Applications for those seeking financial aid and Graduate Assistantships should submit their entire applications by March 1. All other applications are due April 15.

How to Apply

Apply to the Graduate School.

Application deadlines for incoming students:

Application deadline for Graduate Assistantships (current students only):


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