History & Archives Management
"Pursuing the Master in History degree gives me a stronger footing in the field that brought me to archives work in the first place. Another strength of the program is Boston and the opportunities it offers for internships. By my second semester, I was placed in the very cool USS constitution Museum and was fulfilling one of my life goals by handling 18th-century documents all day. The experience gave me real work in the field to put on my resume."
—Dominic McDevitt-Parks '12 M.A. History/M.S. Archives Management; B.A. Reed College
Wikipedian-In-Residence, The National Archives, Washington, DC
Increasingly, archival employers have recognized that archivists require both technical skills and historical knowledge, and they seek applicants with master's degrees in both library and information science and history. In government jobs, an understanding of U.S. history and politics is particularly important. To meet the needs of students who are pursuing archival positions, Simmons's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) and the College of Arts and Sciences history department offer a dual-degree program in history and archives management leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) in Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in History.
The 56-credit archives management/history dual-degree program includes required courses in library and information science, archives management, historical methods and research, and history. Students do internships at Boston institutions such as the Massachusetts State Archives, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the John F. Kennedy Library, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum, and complete a thesis project based on archival research. Full-time students may complete the program in approximately two years. Part-time students must complete the program within six years of enrollment. Applicants to this dual-degree option must be admitted to both programs.
Students should apply through the School of Library and Information Science. To learn more, please visit the School for Library and Information Science site.
History & MAT
Simmons's innovative dual-degree program prepares students for teaching licensure while simultaneously providing a concentration in a chosen area of liberal arts. This 60- to 64-credit program (depending on the length of student teaching) leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), plus a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Children's Literature, English, Gender/Cultural Studies, History or Spanish.Students work simultaneously toward both degrees and, upon successful completion of the program, are certified as elementary, middle, or high school teachers. Full-time students can complete the program in approximately two years. Part-time students must complete the program within six years of enrollment. During the first year, students are participant-observers at a public school site. During the second year, they are clinical interns at the same site. MAT/Liberal Arts graduates are well positioned for leadership roles as department heads, lead teachers, or curriculum coordinators.