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The Catholic and Marianist University

Master of Public History

About the program

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at St. Mary’s University will offer a Master of Arts in Public History starting in Fall 2018. The program is designed for students interested in museum studies, heritage tourism, documentary filmmaking, digital history and archives.

The Department of History at St. Mary’s trains new generations of historians in the presentation of inclusive, ethical and responsible representations of the past. The Public History graduate program engages students with history in real-world settings outside of the academic environment. This program pairs traditional historical content and interpretation with tools and strategies that engage the public in the historical past and the world.

The 30-credit-hour graduate program is designed for aspiring public historians, K-12 educators and individuals in professional settings wishing to pursue advanced professional training in public history. Our program prepares students for public history positions in San Antonio and Texas broadly, as well as nationally. We specialize in preparing public history professionals who use digital tools and media to curate public history experiences in a variety of tourist and cultural environments.

The graduate program builds on projects and partnerships already well-established with local, state and national institutions including the Alamo, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Sam Houston, the Archdiocese of San Antonio, museums in the Rio Grande Valley, the Texas World War I Centennial Committee, Ford’s Theatre and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., museums in Chicago and in Springfield, Illinois, among others.

Students can pursue one of the following program options:

Master of Arts in Public History – Beginning Fall 2018
Graduate Certificate in Public History – Beginning Fall 2018

Course Areas

  • American Military and Public Memory
  • Archives and Museums
  • Digital History
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Hispanic San Antonio
  • Public History Methodology
  • U.S. and World History

Graduate Certificate in Public History Option

Group photo of St. Mary's public history studentsSt. Mary’s will also offer a Graduate Certificate in Public History for public history professionals interested in gaining expertise and training in new areas of public history to help them further their professional goals.

Learn more about the St. Mary's Public History Program


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