The UIS Department of History Master of Arts in History degree program features three concentrations (Public History, U.S. History, and European/World History). Each gives a thorough grounding in historical methods and content while enabling students to specialize in their areas of interest.
The Public History M.A. in History trains students to convey the past to public audiences.
- It takes advantage of our location in Springfield, the home of Abraham Lincoln and the state capital.
- It features internship opportunities at historical sites, museums, national parks, and archives. Many of these internships are paid.
- Graduates of this program are successful in finding employment at historical institutions, museums, archives, libraries, and other sites. One recent graduate landed a position at the Smithsonian.
- Students complete coursework and internships that give them a portfolio of several competencies, including advanced training in combining historical interpretation and digital media.
The U.S. and European/ World History tracks emphasize the the enhancement of analytical skills and research competencies.
- The curriculum stresses the comprehension and acquisition of advanced historical methodologies, the exploration of primary sources, and the refinement of skills in research and writing.
- Students have opportunities to acquire deep content knowledge working with faculty members with extensive expertise in American and European/World History.
- Students in these tracks complete a thesis that makes an original contribution to a field of study based in the interpretation of primary sources.
- Students have opportunities to study abroad, complete internships, and to acquire competencies in digital media.
- Graduates from these tracks advance to Ph.D. programs across the country, work in public history institutions, transition successfully to law and other professional schools, work in state government, and teach.