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Public History Program Course and Degree Information


Undergraduate Students
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.


Graduate Students
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:

  • HST 596, Introduction to Public History (4 credits; unless student has already successfully completed this course at the undergraduate level)
  • HST 509, Public History Seminar (4 credits)
  • a minimum of 6 credits of HST 504, Public History Internship (6 credits)
  • HST 511, Public History Lab (4 credits)
  • A thesis or public project, e.g., exhibit, web site, public program, audio, or video document as part of the required 8 credits of HST 503, Thesis (8 credits).

For samples, see our Student Work section.