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Become a Public History Professional at UNCG!

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Students in our program build a broad and powerful skill set as public historians. We start from the premise that the core skills of the historian—gathering and reading evidence, analyzing, and writing writing—are powerful, transferable skills that will serve you well in any part of the public history field. That's why students get a Master's in history with a concentration in Museum Studies.

The Museum Studies concentration offers a broad-based training in how to build relationships between history and public audiences, focusing on the theory and practice of telling stories through museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions. It introduces students to the tools that public historians use; examines contemporary models for how best to reach audiences in ways that make history meaningful; and offers concrete experience in the development of public projects, collaboration, and leadership. Students engage in re-thinking how the professional practices of collecting, preserving, and interpreting the past are changing in the 21st century.

If you concentrate in Museum Studies within History, you could work at a museum, historic site, or other public history venue as:

  • curator
  • educator
  • exhibit developer/planner
  • collections manager
  • director/administrator
  • media developer (web sites, radio documentaries, video)
  • marketing/public relations director
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