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The Public History program provides students with an M.A. degree in history from the Department of History with a public history specialization. The Public History track within the UWF Department of History trains students in the various aspects of public, or applied, history. Public history is basically the study of history outside the academic setting. Students learn about the numerous ways in which public historians think and operate as professionals. Beginning with an introductory seminar, students then 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. Coursework is offered through both the history department and through other university departments and programs. Additionally, the program provides both the students and the university with an invaluable association with various government agencies, businesses, museums, historical organizations and individuals in and around the Pensacola area. To facilitate the learning of various skills and research techniques, students participate in a six-credit internship with an appropriate agency or organization. As an additional non-thesis option, students complete and defend an extensive report on their internship experience. The combination of traditional and applied skills with the practical application of public history in the field provides students with the resources to secure employment following graduation. For specific program requirements, visit the Online UWF Catalog.
Established in 1976 as a specific form of historical education and practice, public history programs are relatively new in nature. Although more than 50 programs currently exist in the United States, there are no other public history programs in the Florida Panhandle or surrounding states. In framing this program, the areas of concentration represent the strengths of the Department of History and university faculty, as well as the abundant variety of resources and operations in the region. Because of the skills of the faculty and the opportunities in the area, the University of West Florida has quickly become the cornerstone of public history training for students throughout the region and the nation.
Areas of Specialization
Articulation with Other Departments/Colleges
In establishing this Public History track at the M.A. level, the Department of History has articulated with many departments on campus, gaining support for the program and identifying courses that are appropriate for public history students to take. We have identified courses in Art History, Public Administration, Archaeology, Communication Arts, Business and Environmental Studies.