Pursue a Graduate Degree in Public History

Public history puts history to work in the world and trains students for careers in museums, historical societies, archives and libraries, historic preservation organizations, government agencies, corporations, law firms, and as historical consultants.

IUPUI’s Public History program blends traditional Masters-level training in history with theory, methodology, and hands-on experience specific to public history.

The program requires completion of 30 credit hours and is completed in two academic years. Internships with partner institutions are a core feature of the Public History program at IUPUI. Many of the internships are ten-month, half-time, paid appointments with tuition remission and health insurance.

Current intern partners include: Indiana Humanities, Indiana University Health Archives, National Council on Public History, American Legion Archives, James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, Indiana Historical Society (Divisions of the Press, Education and Engagement, and Exhibits), Indiana Department of Natural Resources—Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, the Indiana State House Tour Office and Education Center, the Indiana Historical Bureau, and the Indiana State Museum.

IUPUI’s location adjacent to downtown Indianapolis provides an exciting and supportive environment for learning and practicing public history. The city’s historic sites, history and historic preservation organizations, agencies of city and state government, libraries and archives, and the material culture and historic fabric of this urban environment create a first-rate “learning laboratory” for public historians in training.

Resources on campus include the offices of the National Council on Public History, the IUPUI Museum Studies Program, the Center on Philanthropy, and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. Documentary editing projects dedicated to Frederick Douglass, George Santayana, and Charles Sanders 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 Library and Information Science Department and the Center on Philanthropy.

For more information

If you are considering a graduate degree in history, either as a new student or as a transfer student, please contact the Director of the IUPUI Public History Program, Dr. Rebecca Shrum at rshrum@iupui.edu. More information about Graduate Program in History at IUPUI can be found here.