Master of Arts in Public History (MAPH)

In response to the growing job opportunities in the area of public history, the Department of History at WSU has developed the MAPH to provide the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for students to confidently enter the field. This is an interdisciplinary degree combining knowledge, skills and experience from the fields of history, anthropology, political science, library and information science, and urban planning, among others. A public history degree can lead to employment in diverse occupations such as museum work, library and archival research, public policy analysis, documentary filmmaking, state and national parks, and tourism. 


Why Study Public History in Detroit? 

Studying public history in a cultural center like Detroit will provide practical experience that is applicable on a national and international scale. Detroit is home to an array of cultural institutions, many of which have partnered with our program to offer internship and learning opportunities.

These partners currently include The Henry Ford, the Detroit Historical Society, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Walter P. Reuther Library. Graduate students from WSU have taken jobs and internships across the country, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.


For more information, please contact Professor Eric Ash, Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of History or view the 2017-2018 Graduate Handbook.



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