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MSU's undergraduate programs in history and public history will give you the experience, knowledge and marketability needed to pursue any number of career paths in either the corporate, government, nonprofit or independent sectors. The history major engages students in critical thinking through evaluating, creating and supporting historical documents. The rigorous academic reading and writing of our programs will prepare you for the challenges of the 21st century by teaching you how to think critically, analytically and ardently about the historical processes that have shaped and continue to shape our community, state, nation and world.

The public history area of concentration is the first undergraduate program of its kind offered in Kentucky. This non-teaching degree path permits you to explore your interests and allows you to choose from a variety of courses based on your career goals. As part of the public history program, you will complete an internship and develop a unique, portable skill set, giving you a competitive edge in the marketplace after graduation. You will also be equipped with the historical knowledge, skills and experience needed to pursue post-graduate study in public history.


These programs are offered at the Morehead, Prestonsburg and University Center of the Mountains - Hazard campuses.


The following program options are available:


We also offer minors in the following:

  • History
  • Public history

Program Requirements

Career Opportunities

A history degree from MSU will give you the experience, knowledge and marketability needed to pursue any number of career paths. Graduates of our programs are able to pursue a wide array of careers in corporate, government, non-profit and independent sectors. Our students are excellent candidates for the following careers:

  • Archives and records management
  • Conservator/park ranger
  • Community activist
  • Cultural resource manager
  • Curator
  • Historical consultant, interpreter, preservationist
  • Museum education
  • Publishing and editing
  • Teaching

Earning a degree with us will also prepare you for entrance into graduate school for masters and Ph.D. programs in history, American studies, library science and other humanities fields.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.