Public History, Master of Arts
Practitioners of Public History document, preserve, and interpret the past. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong background in the humanities and social sciences, familiarity with media technologies and a commitment to community service.
This two-year, 33-credit Master of Arts program consists of 24 credits in History, Museum Studies, and Archival Management, a six-credit internship and an additional three-credit research project.
Students find opportunities for service, internship, and independent study throughout New York City.
Given the growing merger of issues relating to collecting information and collections accessibility in libraries, archives and museums, St. John’s University also offers a dual master’s degree in Public History and Library and Information Science. Our Division of Library and Information Science is American Library Association (ALA)-accredited and features an archival specialization.
Lara Vapnek, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Public History
Professor of History
St. John's University
St. John Hall, Room 244-M
Queens, NY 11439
Recent graduates of the M.A. Public History program have completed internships with the following prestigious and dynamic institutions:
|Bowne House Historical Society||Brooklyn Historical Society||Brooklyn Museum|
|Children's Museum of Manhattan||Fire Island Pines Historical Preservation Society||Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum|
|King Manor Museum||Lefferts Historic House||Lewis H. Latimer House|
|Louis Armstrong House Museum||Morgan Library & Museum||Museum of Chinese in American (MOCA)|
|Museum of the City of New York||Museum of Jewish Heritage||Museum of the Moving Image|
|National Jazz Museum in Harlem||New-York Historical Society||New York Transit Museum|
|Queens County Farm Museum||Queens Historical Society - Kingsland Homestead||Queens Library|
|Queens Museum||Voelker Orth Museum|
A master's degree in Public History will prepare you for growing career opportunities in such fields as:
- Museum Curation
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Government Agencies
- Film and Television
As part of the program, you’ll complete 240 internship hours under the supervision of SJU faculty and a professional internship sponsor. Our students complete internships at exciting locations around New York City, including Ellis Island National Historic Park and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
Nickolas Davatzes Scholarship
The Department of History offers the Nickolas Davatzes Scholarship to qualified graduate students who are committed to teaching and engaging in research in American History or Classical and/or Modern Greek History, and who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship fund was established in 2007 by Nickolas Davatzes ’62C, ’64G, ’95Hon, who established the A&E Network and the History Channel, and Dorothea Hayes Davatzes ’66Ed. Scholarships are granted by the department on a competitive basis and provide $5,000 for summer research or tuition assistance.