NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Department of History, Political Science and Public Policy has announced that it recently added a new public history minor. The program prepares students for a variety of professions, including those in public history and historic preservation, as well as positions at museums, archives, libraries, and local, state and federal historic sites.

The public history minor is a joint venture with MCLA’s arts management program. It provides students with opportunities to combine expertise in history with applied learning in areas such as fundraising, marketing and museum studies.

According to Dr. Anthony Daly, associate professor of history, the addition of the new minor is a natural given the interests of many MCLA students, and the strengths of the College, especially its unique arts management program, which offers expertise and coursework in many areas that overlap with public history.

“We looked at the offerings from the history program, the arts management program, and the wealth of institutions in the Berkshires that could serve as internship sites, and decided to go ahead with a mixture of required and elective offerings from the two programs,” Daly said, “along with a required internship to combine academic knowledge within the field practice.”

A number of MCLA alumni already are working in the field, at places such as the National Archives in Maryland and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, Daly noted.

In addition to courses offered through the arts management program, requirements include a new course in historical methods and theory, which incorporates elements of digital history in addition to traditional skills in research, and understanding how historians work to understand and interpret the past.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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