I am delighted to introduce St. John’s new Master of Arts
program in Public History, Museum and Archive Studies (PHMAS). This
innovative course of study meets the demand for historians trained
to serve in the many non-academic career paths arising in this age
of electronic media.
These opportunities are highlighted in an October 2011 article
entitled “No More Plan B: A Very Modest Proposal for Graduate
Programs in History,” by Anthony T. Grafton and Jim Grossman of the
American Historical Association. The article urges college and
university faculty to “think more broadly” about the education and
training of graduate history students. Graduate programs, they
write, must prepare the next generation of historians to become
“contributors to public culture,” working in libraries and
archives, museums and cultural institutions, governmental agencies,
foundations, for- and not-for-profit corporations.
With campuses in Queens, Manhattan, Paris, and Rome, the PHMAS
Program at St. John’s offers students unmatched opportunities to
gain proficiency in the collaboration between researchers and
stewards of cultural heritage on a global
Kristin M. Szylvian, Ph.D.