Public History Program

The graduate program in public history at the University at Albany, State University of New York, is a 36-credit program, usually completed in three semesters plus a summer internship. In addition to traditional public history courses -- in archival practices, historical site administration, material studies, historic preservation, local/community history, and museum studies -- the program offers students training in digital history, documentary filmmaking, oral/video history, and audio documentary production.

Graduates receive a Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History, or a Certificate of Advanced Study in Public History. Students who are accepted into both programs may also choose to combine the History M.A. with the M.S. in Information Science

M.A. graduate Andrea Nero at Olana State Historic Site

Depending on the courses chosen, students will be prepared for employment with historical societies, museums, archives, and similar agencies; with agencies involved in public policy planning, or with organizations that rely on digital technologies and traditional and new media in their efforts to research, preserve, and communicate about the past.

To declare the public history concentration, simply stop by the History Department's main office, Social Science 145, and tell Jamie Wynn about your plans. Or send her an email and be sure to copy the public history program director, Prof. Sheila Curran Bernard.

Hear from public history graduates Bonnie Byrd (2014) and Gregory Rosenthal (2007) 

Read a feature article about UAlbany PhD student Erica Nuckles, director of history and collections at the Fort Ligonier historical site in Pennsylvania 

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The Capital Region

Located in Albany, New York and within short travel distance of New York City and Boston, the graduate program is part of a rich regional network of research and internship possibilities. On campus, the University libraries provide access to more than 2.5 million volumes and have remarkably vast and original Special Collections. The University's location in the state capital affords ready access to the New York State Library, containing over three million items, and to the New York State Archives, containing more than twenty-five thousand cubic feet of records. The Albany area is the home of major state agencies such as the State Archives, the State Museum and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. It also has many public and private museums, historical societies and archives, and fifteen other colleges and universities. The richness and diversity permits a wide choice of internship possibilities, as well as providing a pool of specialized experts to supplement the public history curriculum and internship possibilities.

To learn more about the program, contact:

Professor David Hochfelder
Graduate Director, Dept. of History
Office SS 060B
Phone: 518-442-5348
dhochfelder@albany.edu
                   Professor Sheila Curran Bernard
Director, Public History Program
Office SS 060D 
Phone: 518-442-5300 (main office)
sbernard@albany.edu