Graduate Programs

The master's program in Public Humanities offers a dynamic interdisciplinary opportunity for students interested in careers in museums, historical societies, cultural planning agencies, heritage tourism, historic preservation and community arts programs.

Admission to this program is paused for the 2023- 2024 academic year. Please fill out the inquiry form for updates regarding this pause and to connect with us about master's study at Brown.

The program draws on Brown's Open Curriculum and the wide-ranging resources of Providence's arts and cultural community to connect students to academic and hands-on learning experiences.

Additional Resources

Students in the public humanities program are encouraged to take courses in departments across the University and at the Rhode Island School of Design. Students are also able to cross-register for classes at Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, home of the M.A. program in public humanities, sponsors many workshops, lecturers, and visitors. Students undertake two practicums (one credited; one uncredited but required) gaining professional experience and the opportunity to reflect on the theory and practice of the field. In recent years, students have found placements at museums, universities, state, city and federal agencies, and archives and libraries.

A fellowship for the study of the public history of slavery is available for students in the program who are interested in working in museums and other cultural institutions on issues related to the history and legacy of slavery. Recipients of the fellowship for the study of the public history of slavery receive an award that covers tuition, stipend, and fees for the two years it takes to complete the M.A. in public humanities. Fellowship recipients are selected based on relevant experience in museums and cultural institutions and academic coursework on related topics. Please visit the website for more information about the study of the public history of slavery fellowship.

In collaboration with Brown University's Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative (NAISI), the Center for Public Humanities offers a fellowship to graduate students interested in working for, and leading, Native American cultural institutions, archives, libraries or museums. One fully–supported two–year fellowship (includes tuition, fees, and a stipend) is available each year for a student to pursue an M.A. in Public Humanities dedicated to increasing the understanding and maintenance of the cultural traditions and political experiences of Indigenous Peoples. We welcome students coming right from college or those who have already been working in their communities. Please visit the fellowship website for more information about NAISI fellowship.

The M.A. program in public humanities participates in City Year's University Partnership. City Year corps members, alumni and current/former staff who are accepted to the public humanities M.A. program are eligible for financial assistance, including a waiver that covers their application. For more information, visit City Year.

Completion Requirements

Introduction to Public Humanities, Methods in Public Humanities, two practicums, 9 other courses mutually determined by student and graduate advisor, visit the Center's website for detail.

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Leadership

Director of Graduate Studies
Steven Lubar
Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
Dietrich Neumann

Contact and Location

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Mailing Address

Brown University
Box 1880
Visit the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

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