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Public History at UNCW: Learning Through Research and Collaboration
If you’ve found this page, you probably already know that history is about people: their societies, economies, cultures, and politics and how these changed over time. In public history, history is also for people, because careful and exacting historical research can help solve contemporary problems. Just as important, public history is history saved, researched, and analyzed with people, for public historians work with individuals and groups to create history collaboratively.
At the University of North Carolina Wilmington, public history is also a specialization in the master’s degree curriculum. In this training program, students develop the skills needed to explore history about, for, and with people. They ask (and answer!) questions about change over time as well as questions about the ways in which we collectively understand those changes in contemporary society. They explore how historical knowledge can be applied to solve problems in our present. They learn how to be cultural workers. Our graduates go on to contribute to the work of museums, historic sites, libraries, historic preservation organizations, governments and businesses.
At this site, you’ll find information about our curriculum, resources, faculty, alumni, and collaborations. If you’d like to learn more about the master’s specialization in public history at UNCW, contact Tammy Gordon, program director, at email@example.com.