Public History Concentration


In addition to the 30-hour M.A. program, the Department of History also offers a 36-hour M.A. program for students seeking careers in public and private historical societies, archives, museums, research firms, and historical editing. The Concentration in Public History includes a 12-hour sequence of courses that serves as the secondary field. 

Internships - the core of the program - are available in a variety of historical agencies within commuting distance of the university and in the Regional History Center on campus. Here are some of the places where NIU students have served internships.

  • Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL  61101
  • NIU Regional History Archives, NIU, DeKalb IL  60115
  • Canal Corridor Association, 754 First Street, LaSalle, IL  61301
  • Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL  60506
  • Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main Street, Sycamore, IL  60178
  • Zen Mays Holdings, LLC, Sycamore, IL  60178 
  • Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL  61103