Applied History Graduate Program
The graduate program in applied history is a
flexible program designed to provide educators, public historians, and
individuals wishing to pursue advanced graduate work with practical
professional training. Our faculty work one-on-one with students to design a
program of study to meet their personal and professional needs.
For those seeking careers in the field of public
history, the program offers coursework in archives, museum studies, museum education, oral
history, local history, and historic preservation, as well as professional
internships to prepare students for employment in museums, historical
institutions, and at historic sites.
All students are required to complete a course in historical research methods. Students also have the option to write a master’s thesis that can also prepare students for further
Educators will find a diverse array of
courses in United States history, world history, and historical methods that
will deepen their historical knowledge and provide new resources for classroom
use. Each summer the department also offers a K-12 Educator Institute specifically designed to provide educators with an opportunity to network with other educators while deepening their own understanding of history.
The History Department also has a joint program
with Clarion University allowing students to earn a dual degree, a Master's of
Applied History and a Master's of Information and Library Science.
For more information about Shippensburg
University's graduate History programs, click here.
Studies in History: Other Options
In addition to earning the Master's Degree in
Applied History, students may also consider the following options:
Organizational Development & Leadership with a Historical Administration
Concentration: A program designed to provide leadership and administrative
training for individuals working in the field of public history. This is a
joint program between the Shippensburg University History/Philosophy Department
and the Organizational Development and Leadership Program.
in Curriculum and Instruction with a Secondary History Cluster: A program
specially designed for in-service teachers that combines advanced Education and
History coursework. This thirty credit program does not require an internship
or thesis. This a joint program between the Shippensburg Unversity
History/Philosophy Department and the Teacher Education Department).