The degree is housed in the Department of Religion and Culture and is jointly administered between faculty in the Department of Religion and Culture and the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, as well as the Program in Art History in the School of Visual Arts of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. The MA fosters creative alliances with non-profit cultural institutions such as the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation (overseeing ‘Round the Mountain and The Crooked Road’), Historic Smithfield, the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the Montgomery Museum, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Taubman Museum of Art, the O. Winston Link Museum, the History Museum of Western Virginia, and the Harrison Museum of African American Culture. For more information, contact Dr. Aaron Ansell or Dr. Michelle Moseley.
The curriculum entails a minimum of 30-credits of graduate courses. Those students who wish to also complete a thesis will take an additional 6 credits, for a total of 36-credits. All students will take five common core courses, with an option to choose between a preservation course or a public history course, depending on their emphasis on either material culture or public humanities. All students will also complete an internship/practicum project and report in a museum, historical society or cultural organization. Each student will be formally mentored by at least one faculty member in the creative formation of their plan of study.