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The thesis is an important part of your graduate training in public history. It will allow you to focus on a single issue and answer a central research question using tested methods. The public history thesis is usually interdisciplinary, combining history with methods from material culture studies, visitor studies, education, folklore, sociology, or media studies.

A successful public history thesis requires sustained commitment and a solid work plan. The resources here will help you meet your goals as you proceed toward the defense.