“My public history education at EWU gave me a varied research and content creation skill-set that was applicable to many different positions, both in and out of the field.”
“I am currently the Southwest Regional Archivist for the Washington State Archives. I believe my opportunities and connections while working on my public history degree at Eastern helped get me where I am today.”
“Since graduation, I have been fortunate to engage with a variety of fun and unique growth opportunities. All of those valuable experiences trace neatly back to connections I made during my time at Eastern Washington University.”
“The knowledge, skills, friendships and mentors I attained at EWU became the foundation to a career with the National Park Service.”
This program is designed to prepare students for pursuits requiring research and analysis. Students will select one of three concentrations. Some focus on advancing their teaching careers, some prepare for doctoral programs, while others train for archival, museum or other history-related work.
Other avenues include cultural resource management, historic preservation, publishing, documentary film and broadcasting.
An Accomplished and Nurturing Faculty
Work with professors who have established regional and national reputations for excellence in their fields.
Small class sizes and small cohorts enhance your experience. Receive close attention from advisors and professors. Our medium-sized department will enable you to study under a majority of the faculty, exposing you to different subject matter, teaching styles, theoretical frameworks, and research methods.
Important (and fun) Professional Opportunities
Have you ever wanted to explore a ghost town or abandoned cemetery with your professor? Present your research at a history conference in Mexico? Unearth ancient artifacts in Cyprus? Tour a national park with a ranger? EWU graduate students have enjoyed all of these adventures.
In addition to class field trips and study abroad opportunities, you will have access to internships in archives, libraries, historic preservation offices, and museums. Present your research at conferences. Engage in an active campus intellectual life with visiting scholars and special events—a moveable feast for the mind.
Is there funding to help me pay for my M.A.?
A small number of graduate service appointments (GSAs) are available. GSAs work as either teaching assistants, who assist professors in the classroom, or in the Eastern Region Branch of the Washington State Archives (located on the Cheney campus,) working with paper or digital archival collections or assisting the department’s public historian.
GSA positions provide a full-tuition waiver to residents of Washington state and a half-tuition waiver to non-residents, in addition to a modest monthly stipend. Most students interested in these positions have been able to receive them for at least one year of the program.
Submit an application by Feb. 15 to be eligible for a graduate assistantship (fall start).
The Eastern Region Branch of the Washington State Archives also periodically offers paid positions. Paid internships are routinely available as well at several agencies in the area including the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the Northwest Room of the Spokane Public Library.
First-Rate Research Community
In addition to the JFK Library, history students have access to research materials at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC), the first-in-the-world Washington State Digital Archives, and the Eastern Region Branch of the Washington State Archives. Students also have access to the archival and bibliographic collections of neighboring institutions including Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, and Washington State University – Spokane Campus.