Our graduate students in the Public History program receive hands-on training in proper archival techniques.

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Graduate History Programs

The Master’s programs of the Department of History offer serious students the opportunity:

  • to expand their mastery of the discipline
  • to enhance their understanding of the past

Our faculty of active scholars are committed to providing:

  • rigorous, interesting courses which will increase the students’ knowledge of History
  • both introductions to and advanced training in the methods and theories which inform the discipline

Students in both the Historical Studies program and the Public History program can complete their degrees in four semesters while enrolled at the full-time level of 9 credits per semester.

    Historical Studies

    The Historical Studies Program allows students to:

    • concentrate their studies in either American, European, or Global History
    • acquire a thorough background in significant historical literature of the respective fields

    This program is particularly suitable for those who:

    • intend to proceed to a doctoral program
    • are secondary teachers who wish to increase their knowledge of the subjects they teach
    • wish to apply the knowledge and skills in other academic or public service and government fields

    Public History

    The Public History Program at Duquesne University, one of the oldest Public History programs in the United States:

    • prepares students to work in museums, archives, and other institutions that interpret the past for the general public
    • combines a firm grounding in American History with professional courses and internships

    Special Student Status

    If you already have an undergraduate degree and are interested in taking up to two courses without pursuing the degree program, please contact us for more information.