Public History is a rapidly growing field within and beyond the academy. Its purpose is to ensure that decisions made about the management of historical resources (e.g. historic districts, landscapes, viewsheds, buildings, manuscripts, artifacts, visual media) are undertaken with care and integrity. Public historians work in a variety of settings, from government offices to museums, and are particularly concerned about the protection of community history.
Philadelphia, one of America's leading centers of culture, history, and scholarship, boasts a wide variety of world-class historical and cultural institutions. Temple's Public History program utilizes this extraordinary assemblage of museums, archives, libraries, learned societies, and historical sites as teaching and learning laboratories for developing the professional competencies of our students in interpreting America's past to the general public.
Our Public History program combines a solid grounding in American social, cultural, and political history with practical training in historical memory, historic resource management, material culture, and archival methods. Students may take internships in the shadow of Independence Hall, learn archival skills in one of more than 100 regional depositories, interpret American diversity at one of dozens of museums, or learn heritage management at some of the most historically significant sites in the United States.
Click here to apply on-line. Applications are accepted for fall admission only and must be submitted by February 15.