About the Graduate Program

Our 80 student graduate program offers three distinct degrees: the MA in History, the MA in Public History, and the PhD in Public History. All three degree programs require a strong foundation in traditional history, and regardless of their degree program all first-year students must take two courses: Introduction to Historiography (HI 597) in the fall and Historical Writing (HI 598) in the spring. The distribution of students across the three programs varies from year to year, depending on the relative strength of the respective pools and the number of students who accept offers of admission to each program.

Because we are a relatively small graduate program, the faculty is able to provide considerable personal attention to our students. The benefits of this approach are manifest in the numbers of our History MAs who successfully apply to PhD programs and in the the high rate of job placement of our Public History MAs. The benefits of our personal attention to our students can also be seen the numbers of our MA students who have presented, with departmental travel support, the results of their research at major national and international conferences.

Graduate students in the History Department have the opportunity to work with faculty on a variety of projects, such as the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies, which researches, preserves, and publicizes the history of the Lebanese-American community in North Carolina, and The State of History, a digital history project on the history of NCSU. Many graduate students in ancient history have the chance to work with archaeological materials at the History Department Archaeological Laboratory and Repository under the supervision of Professor S. Thomas Parker. Graduate students have also contributed to projects with various local, county, and state institutions, like the North Carolina Farm Bureau, the Raleigh City Museum, the A. J. Fletcher Foundation of Raleigh, and Garner Veterans Memorial.

We welcome your interest in our program. If you still have questions after reviewing these pages, please contact either the Director of Graduate Programs (DGP) or the Director of Public History (DPH) by email. In the meantime, keep abreast of department news and events by subscribing to our RSS and Twitter feeds.

What Students
Are Saying

With the resources of three major research universities (NCSU, UNC and Duke) at your disposal, the personalized attention you receive, and the brilliant faculty who work with you one-on-one, pursuing graduate study in History at NCSU is a wonderful opportunity.  I feel incredibly lucky to be part of a program that goes out of its way to create opportunities for its graduate students: through funding, travel fellowships, and research opportunities with some of the leading faculty in their field.

Serena Elliott
Candidate for M.A. in History
BA, History and English, U.C. Berkeley

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