Why get an M.A. in history with an option in museum studies?
The museum studies option combines practical museum experience with solid academic training. Gain an advanced understanding of how societies, cultures, economics, politics, science and arts of the past have shaped today’s world. Enhance your academic training with two internships, where you’ll learn to research and design exhibits, catalog and interpret collections, develop and implement education programs for elementary and secondary school students, conduct oral histories and prepare public programming. In this graduate program, you’ll be trained in historical research methods and writing that will prepare you for a variety of positions in museums and other forums for public history.
Why choose UNH for your degree?
UNH’s internationally recognized history faculty have won some of the most important prizes in the profession, including the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes and Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships. Surveys of scholarly productivity among faculty at comparable research universities have placed us among the top 20% of history departments nationwide. Internships at local historical sites put your academic knowledge into practice while introducing you to a network of museum professionals. Located near the New Hampshire Seacoast and southern Maine, within easy driving distance of Boston, central and northern New England, UNH is ideally situated to take advantage of numerous historical sites and museums.
Potential career areas
- Collection management
- Government humanities programs
- Historic site management/preservation
- Historic trades skill and practice
- Museum administration/education
- Museum/historic site curator/interpreter
- Nonprofit management
- Private fine arts services