The Master of Arts program in history provides training for students who intend to pursue careers as professional historians, whether in teaching, research, or public history (archives and museum studies), as well as for those who desire a strong historical background for other vocational or avocational objectives. The program offers opportunities for specialized study and research, but without neglecting the breadth that characterizes historical work at its best. In recognition of the fact that students’ interests and goals are varied, the program provides a choice of three plans, all of which lead to a Master of Arts degree. This program is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.
The Public History concentration is designed for graduate students who are primarily interested in careers in archival administration or museum management. It provides students 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 University 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.