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 graduate work.

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 acooperative degree program with Clarion University allowing students to earn acooperative 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.

Graduate Studies in History: Other Options

In addition to earning the Master's Degree in Applied History, students may also consider the following options:

Master's in 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.

Master's 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).

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What's New?!

Tea and History with Dr. Betty Dessants, Monday, Apr. 11, 2-2:30 pm, DHC Fishbowl

On Monday, April 11, 2016, from 2-2:30 pm in the DHC Fishbowl, the History/Philosophy Department and the Shippensburg University Women in History Network will be hosting a Russian Tea with Dr. Betty Dessants, Shippensburg University Professor of History. Dr. Dessants will be discussing how she became interested in history, her challenges, observations, and career as a professional historian. Come join us for tea and great conversation with Dr. Dessants!

A View from the History Classroom: A Talk with Mr. Chris Pavone, Monday, Apr. 11, 7:30 pm DHC 205

The History Alumni Mentoring Network & the History/Philosophy Department are proud to welcome back to campus Mr. Chris Pavone,a recent graduate of the department who is now teaching social studies at Waynesboro Area Senior High School. He will be sharing about his experiences at Ship in the history education program, and his journey from the campus to the high school classroom. The talk will be Monday, April 11 at 7:30 pm in Dauphin Humanities Center 205.

Department Spring Newsletter is Now Available!

To view the Spring Newsletter for the History Department: Click Here!

Join us for the SU History Club meeting every Monday this Spring Semester

Location: Dauphin Humanities (DHC) 205

Time: 7:30pm 

For more information, contact History Club President: Tyler Newcomer Email: tn9044@ship.edu