Idaho State University

Historical Resources Management

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The Historical Resources Management program offers students a professional master's degree in applied, digital history. This M.A. program trains students to apply sophisticated information technologies to a rigorous analysis of historical problems. We emphasize a practical, interdisciplinary approach to historical research, using new technologies to examine changes through time and place. Students within this innovative program choose between two concentrations or "tracks."

  1. The GIS track combines the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and related information technologies with historical research methods to conduct spatial analyses of the past. ISU is an internationally recognized center in applying GIS to historical research. Students may work closely with the award-winning ISU GIS Teaching and Research Center, which provides technical training and support and promotes multi-disciplinary collaboration among ISU faculty and graduate students. Geotechnology is a powerful tool and a highly sought skill in most job sectors, where demand far exceeds the supply of trained graduates. The U.S. Department of Labor recently listed this field among the three fastest-growing job sectors of the 21st century. This technological training complements the fundamental historians' skills of research, analysis, and writing that are always in demand.

  2. The Digital Media track focuses upon using a variety of new media tools to communicate historical information and interpretation. Students learn techniques of web design, museum exhibits, film production, and scholarly publishing. In addition to collaboration with faculty in the James E. Rogers Department of Mass Communication, students may gain experience from working with three peer-reviewed journals edited by faculty in the History Department, on-campus production facilities of Idaho Public Television, and local museums. Graduates will conduct significant historical research and present interpretations in a variety of engaging and effective formats.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Jessica Winston
Department Chair
Idaho State University

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