Undergraduates can develop a concentration in public history as part of their major, in consultation with their advisor.
A concentration in public history could include the following courses:
Introduction to Public History (HST 496; 4 credits)
Public History Internship (HST 404; 4 credits)
Public History Seminar (HST 409; 4 credits)
Students can also work with public history faculty via “by-arrangement” courses and on special projects.
Students wishing to pursue a career in public history are urged to consider the department’s public history MA track. Public history students take field courses, seminars, internships, and laboratory courses that cover a broad range of public history sub-fields, including: archival management, oral history, museology, cultural resource management, site interpretation, publications, and historic preservation. Coursework includes a balance of classroom and practical offerings.
Students choosing the public history track as their primary field are required to have a second field defined geographically. In addition to fulfilling all other requirements for a Master of Arts in history (see here for more information) students are also required to complete the following:
Introduction to Public History (HST 596; 4 credits)
One public history seminar (HST 509; 4 credits)
One public history internship (HST 504; 4 credits)
Two public history lab courses (HST 511; 3 credits each)
A thesis or public project, e.g., exhibit, web site, public program, audio, or video document (HST 503; 8 credits). For samples, see our Student Work section.