Public History Minor

The professional field of Public History (also known as applied history) is rapidly expanding. This 24-credit minor provides specialized preparation for diverse careers in the field, including archiving, museum work, federal and state public history programs such as the National Park Service, private institutions, and interpretive historical sites. Undergraduate coursework in the Public History minor emphasizes both practice and theory, including methods for disseminating information to diverse publics, and the preservation of heritage in the form of texts, objects, buildings, and landscapes. The Public History minor is housed in the History and Political Science Department, but it is an interdisciplinary minor with an integrated community experiential practicum or internship experience.  Students majoring in History will also be able to minor in Public History. 

Program Requirements(24 credits)
Required Courses
HI-243Introduction to Public History3
HI-445Public History Practicum3
or HI-440 Internship in History
Practices
Take 2 courses from the following courses6
World Art Survey I
or AR-118
Global Art History
or AR-200
History of American Art
or AR-220
Foundations of Modern Art
or AR-225
Art Since Mid-20th Century
Gallery and Museum Studies
Introduction to Digital Humanities
Material Culture
Museums and Society
The Kennedy Legacy in American Public Life
Selected Topics in Urban Studies 1
Take 2 courses from the following courses6
Introduction to Video
Documentary Production
Programming for Non-CS Majors
Introduction to Programming
Database Applications
Physics in Art
Technical Writing
Writing for Digital Environments
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences
Introduction to Survey Research Method For Social Science
Additionally, take two courses from either category or special topics by permission.6
1. UR 421 Special Topics must be Historic Preservation to fulfill this minor.
Total Credits24