Public history refers to the pursuit of historical understanding and interpretation in the public realm. MTSU was in the first wave of American universities to embrace the study of public history and now offers a master’s degree, doctorate, and advanced certificates. Students pursuing the Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History may choose from five tracks: historic preservation and cultural resource management, museum management, archival management, oral history, and public archaeology. Master’s candidates are exposed to the myriad career possibilities associated with each specialty, helping them select the curriculum best suited to their interests and aspirations. The program carefully balances academic historical methods and scholarship; the intellectual foundations and nature of public history; and professional development in several areas. To prepare students for professional practice, the program partners with a number of on-campus centers and initiatives, including the Center for Historic Preservation, Albert Gore Research Center, Center for Popular Music, and Walker Library digital collections. Career Public historians work in a wide range of professional settings with public audiences of all ages. Potential employers include archives, museums, historic organizations, historical societies, historic sites, private consulting firms, and historical agencies at all levels of government. Examples of career possibilities with an advanced degree in public history include:
Architectural historian Archivist Author College professor/instructor Consultant Cultural heritage manager Cultural resources manager Digital librarian/cataloger Historic preservation planner Historian Museum/collections curator or administrator Oral historian Public archaeologist
Employers of MTSU alumni include:
Alabama Department of Archives and History Advisory Council on Historic Preservation American Association for State and Local History Belle Meade Plantation Belmont Mansion East Tennessee Historical Society Historic Home of T.R.R. Cobb Historical Association of Catawba County, N.C. History Center, Diboll, Texas Huntsville (Ala.) Historic Preservation Commission Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Land Trust for Tennessee Manzanar National Historic Site Maymont Foundation, Richmond, Va. Metro Nashville Arts Commission Mike Curb Archives New South Associates Ohio History Connection President James K. Polk Ancestral Home Rutherford County Archives Tennessee Agricultural Museum Tennessee Department of Transportation Tennessee State Library and Archives Thomason & Associates Vicksburg (Miss.) Foundation for Historic Preservation Williamson County Archives and Museum War in the Pacific National Hist
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