Public History Option

Public History Option

The Public History Option is for a student who plans to pursue a career in Public History. A student in the Public History Option who plans to pursue study beyond the M.A. degree must complete a Master's thesis.

Public History Option (Thesis and Non-Thesis options)1
Required Courses (18-21 hours)

History 600 Historical Research (3 hours)
History 605 America to 1800 (3 hours)
History 606 America 1800-1900 (3 hours)
History 607 America since 1900 (3 hours)
History 632 Introduction to Public History (3 hours)
History 637 Public History Internship (3-6 hours)

Elective Courses Group I (6-18 hours)

Comm 569 Video Documentary Production (3 hours)
Comm 631 New Tech and Organizational Comm (3 hours)
History 633 Public History Seminar (3 hours)
History 634 Historic Preservation Seminar (3 hours)
History 635 Historical Editing (3 hours)
History 636 Introduction to Archival Practice (3 hours)
History 637 Public History Internship (3-6 hours) 2
History 770 Thesis (6 hours)

Elective courses Group II (0-6 hours)

History 563: Local/Regional History (3 hours)
History 566: Family History (3 hours)
History 567: Introduction to Museum Practice (3 hours)
History 583: Heritage Tourism (3 hours)
History 584: Audience and media (3 hours)
History 588: Oral History (3 hours)

Elective courses Group III (0-6 hours)

History 610: Southern History (3 hours)
History 611: Louisiana History (3 hours)
History 630: Western Thought (3 hours)
History 641: British History to 1485 (3 hours)
History 642: British History since 1485 (3 hours)
History 643: Ancient Europe (3 hours)
History 644: Medieval Europe (3 hours)
History 645: Early Modern Europe (3 hours)
History 646: Modern Europe (3 hours)
History 698: Special Topics (3 hours)


  • Elective courses may include a 6 hour minor in Philosophy or Political Science with approval of the Graduate Coordinator. Only students with a minor field may take Non-History courses for degree credit.
  • Students in the Public History Option who do not write a thesis must take 6 hours of History 637. Students who write a thesis must take 3 hours of History 637 and may elect to take 6 hours.


Minor Field1. A student may choose a minor field in either Political Science or Philosophy. The minor requires 6 hours in either discipline and must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.


Comprehensive Examination. After a student has completed his/her graduate coursework, he/she must satisfactorily complete a written and oral Comprehensive Examination, based on all graduate coursework completed. The written portion of the exam will consist of mandatory questions from all faculty with whom the student has done coursework. The oral portion of the exam will be held only after a student has passed the written portion. The panel of examiners for the oral portion will include all faculty with whom the student has taken Graduate courses. A student who fails any part of the Comprehensive Examination must retake that part within one year of the original exam and satisfactorily complete it or face dismissal from the program. A student who fails the Comprehensive Examination a second time will be dismissed from the program.


Thesis Defense. Prior to graduation students in the Thesis Option must defend their theses. Before being recommended for graduation, students must receive approval for their theses from the Department Head, Graduate Coordinator, Major Professor, and Thesis Committee members, who may solicit advice from other members of the graduate faculty.