MA Program

The Master's in Public Humanities offers a unique program of study for those interested in public engagement and the work of cultural organizations. This graduate degree program (which can be completed either as a professional master’s program or as part of the American Studies Ph.D. program) provides a dynamic interdisciplinary opportunity for students interested in careers in cultural organizations. Graduates have found work in museums, historical societies, cultural planning agencies, heritage tourism, historic preservation, informal learning centers, universities, and community arts programs. 

The flexible program draws on Brown University’s open curriculum and the wide-ranging resources of Providence’s arts and cultural community to connect students to educational experiences inside and outside the classroom. Program strengths include:

  • Dedication to collaborative, applied, and experiential learning
  • Close working relationships with accomplished faculty and experienced professionals
  • A strong curriculum that combines advanced study in humanities fields with hands-on and skills-based learning
  • A wide selection of classes, at Brown, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences that can be configured to meet students’ individual learning goals

Meaningful internships and intensive student projects complement the classroom experience and are integral to students’ professional development. Faculty and students of the MA in Public Humanities program work together to produce exhibitions and educational programming, articles, publications, and special collaborations with community partners and within Brown University.

Our program appeals to students with a wide variety of interests, skills, and backgrounds.  We encourage you to apply if you are interested in preparing for a career in public programming, outreach, and education; community cultural work; historic preservation; arts and nonprofit administration; museum education, interpretation and curatorial work; or cultural planning.