Are you trying to decide what to do with your history major? The History Department offers an undergraduate Certificate in Public History to help students explore the field. Required courses include Introduction to Public History and Public History Internship, and students can select from a variety of courses offered in public history as well as related fields including Art and Anthropology. Even if you can’t fit the Certificate into your program plan, students are encouraged to take some of our undergraduate history courses, including Oral History, Introduction to Archives, Introduction to Museums, American Architecture and Digital History.
To gain a real-life perspective on working in public history, we encourage undergraduate students to pursue internships that are available in a wide range of history organizations. In addition, the Center for Public History usually has one paid undergraduate research position and several volunteer internships available every semester.
Several other departments offer useful courses related to public history. The Anthropology Department offers courses in archaeology, including an archaeological field school; cultural resource management; an ethnographic field school; laboratory curation methods; and other class topics relevant to public history. The Art Department offers a variety of art history courses, such as American Art, and studio courses, such as photography, which would provide useful skills for public historians.
To learn more about careers in public history, please contact Dr. Ann McCleary, the Public History Coordinator.