Public History Emphasis:

GRADUATE OPTIONS

Public History at the graduate level is not a track of study unto itself, but can be taken in conjunction with either the Thesis as an emphasis or the Non-Thesis option as a field of study within the Master of Arts program. 

Thesis Option

The emphasis consists of 12 units of credit hours and a thesis/project: an introductory course, two internships (one a project-based experience and one individual experience), and one additional course that trains students in a key methodology associated with Public History, such as oral history, museum studies and material culture, visual culture, digital culture and production, Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis, cultural resource management (outdoor recreation and tourism), and nonprofit management. Students begin their public history work the first semester of their first year. In their second year, students complete a thesis/project that utilizes critical public history methodologies such as material culture, spatial analysis, oral history, digital culture, or other skill set. 

Non-Thesis Option

The field of study consists of 15 units of credit hours: an introductory course, two internships (one a project-based experience and one individual experience), and two additional courses that train students in key methodologies associated with Public History, such as oral history, museum studies and material culture, visual culture, digital culture and production, Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis, cultural resource management (outdoor recreation and tourism), and nonprofit management. Students begin their public history work the first semester of their first year. In their second year, students can consider taking public history as a secondary field in their comprehensive examinations.

Extending the Undergraduate Certificate

Students who have already completed a Certificate in Public History at the undergraduate level are encouraged to continue their work in Public History as graduate students. Methodologically-oriented courses offered within the Department of History can be substituted for the introductory course and there are a wide array of courses available in other departments that can fulfill the additional methodological course requirements. Students can also continue taking internships at the graduate level. 

GRADUATE COURSEWORK

  • HIST 5010 Applying History: The Public Alternative (Fall semester)
  • HIST 5030 Internship in Historical Studies (Project-Based Experience - Spring semester)
  • HIST 5030 Internship in Historical Studies (Individual Experience - Summer or Fall semester)
  • Related Methodological Course(s) (Variable)

Methodological courses include:

  • Introduction to Museum Studies (Fall semester)
  • Oral History (Spring semester)
  • Material Culture (Spring semester)
  • Other history courses that specifically introduce students to a field of study, such as environmental history, women's history, African-American history, etc.
  • Courses in other departments that teach related methodologies such as visual culture, digital culture and production, Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis, cultural resource management (outdoor recreation and tourism), and nonprofit management.