Public History Program

The Public History Program at IUPUI trains good historians to practice their craft in a variety of public settings.  IUPUI’s program blends traditional Masters-level training in history with theory and hands-on experience specific to public history.

This curriculum opens possibilities and creates options.  Graduate work in public history prepares students for careers in museums, historical societies, archives and libraries, historic preservation organizations, government agencies, corporations, law firms, and as historical consultants.  Graduates may also elect to go on for the Ph.D.

IUPUI’s location adjacent to downtown Indianapolis provides an exciting and supportive environment for learning and practicing public history.  Close by the campus museums and historic sites, history and historic preservation organizations, agencies of city and state government, libraries and archives, combine with the material culture and historic fabric of the city to create a first-rate "learning laboratory" for public historians in training.

Resources on campus include the Executive Directorate of the National Council on Public History, Museum Studies, and the Center on Philanthropy.  Documentary editing projects dedicated to Frederick Douglass, George Santayana, and Charles Peirce add breadth and depth to the public history-related opportunities at IUPUI.  Public history students may add certificates in Museum Studies and Professional Editing or dual-degree programs with the School of Library and Information Science and the Center on Philanthropy.

Internships with partner institutions are a feature of Public History at IUPUI made possible by our urban location.  Many of the internships are ten-month, half-time, paid appointments with tuition remission and health insurance.

Our goal is for full-time, qualified students to graduate in two calendar years with a Masters degree and up to twenty months of half-time experience gained through internships.

To apply to the Public History Program at IUPUI, please visit the department’s application page here.

For more information about the Graduate Program in Public History, please contact:

Philip Scarpino
Director Public History
Office: CA-532
Phone: (317) 274-5983
pscarpin@iupui.edu