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:
- 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.