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 Non-Thesis (Professional) Option or the Thesis (Academic) Option. 

Non-Thesis (Professional) Option

This Public History Emphasis in this option is designed to train students in one or more areas of public history in preparation for their work as a professional historian. It consists of 15 units of credit hours: an introductory course, two internships, and two additional courses that train students in key methodologies associated with Public History, such as museum studies, oral history, visual culture, digital history, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis. Students begin their public history work the first semester of their first year. In their second year, students take public history as a secondary field in their comprehensive examinations.

Thesis (Academic) Option

The Public History Emphasis in this option is designed to prepare students for further academic consideration at the doctoral level. It consists of 12 units of credit hours and a thesis/project: an introductory course, two internships, and one additional course that trains students in a key methodology associated with Public History, such as museum studies, oral history, visual culture, digital history, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis. 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. 

GRADUATE COURSEWORK

  • HIST 5010 Introduction to Public History (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)
  • 1-2 Related Methodological Course(s) (Variable)

Additional Public History courses include:

  • Courses taught through the Department of History:
    • Introduction to Museum Studies (Spring semester)
    • Collections Care and Management (Fall semester)
    • Material Culture (Spring semester)
    • Other courses that specifically introduce students to a particular methodology, such as oral history, environmental history, women's and gender history, and race/ethnicity via African-American history, Latino/a history, etc.
  • One course from outside the Department of History is permitted.