Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Public History

The Public History Certificate is a post-baccalaureate program designed to give students who already hold a B.A. or a B.S. the opportunity to enroll in Public History courses to earn a graduate certificate. The certificate will aid those already working with historical agencies in a professional or volunteer capacity in acquiring additional skills to better serve their organization. Courses are designed to give students first-hand field experience through course projects in a variety of areas of Public History, including digital history, historic preservation and cultural resource management, oral history, and museum and archival management. Students can also gain experience working on larger projects with historical organizations, locally and statewide, through completing a 140 hour internship. Distance learning students may make arrangements to complete HI 679 Public History Internship at an appropriate venue in the student's location.

This certificate program requires 12 hours of graduate credit in Public History. Admission to the certificate program requires a formal application through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Public History may be completed online.  Arrangements may be made for HI 679 Public History Internship to be completed at an appropriate venue in the student's location.

Requirements for a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Public History

HI 665Public History3
Select 9 hours from the following:9
Material Culture
Collections Management
Historical Archeology
Fieldwork Methods Course
Digital Collections Management
History of American Architecture
Exhibit Design
Oral History
Digital History
Slavery and the Archive
Heritage Tourism
Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management
Historical Administration
Public History Internship
Total Hours12

Application Process

Students are required to submit an application to enroll in the certificate program. Applications are available through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Additional Required Materials

  1. Application Essay: A typewritten essay of 250-350 words which describes career goals in the field of Public History.
  2. Writing Sample: Minimum of four pages, preferably a research or scholarly essay or paper from previous classes. It may also be a sample of professional or creative writing.
  3. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation.
  4. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended during completion of B.A. or B.S. degree, as well as all graduate transcripts.