Shippensburg University's graduate program in Applied History with a concentration in Local and Community History trains students to apply the methods and approaches of professional historians to projects focused on telling the stories of local people, places, sites, organizations, and events. Students learn to use a variety of sources and techniques, including archival research and oral interviews, in order to examine local history. The program also examines diverse ways to share local stories with the public through publications, public programs exhibits, and digital media. This concentration is ideal for librarians, local historians, family and church historians, students wishing to explore community history and pursue advanced training in historical research methods, or individuals seeking a foundation for additional graduate or doctoral studies.
To be eligible to pursue a Master of Arts degree in applied history, you must:
- Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative quality point average for your undergraduate studies.
If you have less than a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate quality point average, you may be accepted following an interview and the submission of a 500-word Statement of Purpose in which you provide additional evidence of your interest in history, your potential as a graduate student, and your reasons for pursuing graduate studies.