Certificate in Public History

The Department of History offers a Certificate in Public History to both degree seeking students as well as non-degree seeking individuals seeking professional advancement. The Certificate in Public History introduces undergraduate students to the field of public history while helping students to develop skills necessary to convey history to audiences in a wide array of public and private settings outside of academia. Students have the opportunity to complete a variety of projects, including website design and content development, exhibit design and narrative development, developing history education programs and interpretive programs for museums, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and cultural landscape analyses and reports. Through the internship requirement, students will gain valuable public history experience while working in a professional setting. The certificate will help prepare students for graduate level work in public history. The certificate is comprised of eighteen hours of coursework and a required three hour internship.

The Certificate in Public History may be competed online if arrangements are made for HI 496 (Public History Internship) to be completed at an appropriate venue in the student's location.

Requirements for a Certificate in Public History1

HI 301WHistory and Historical Research3
HI 320Introduction to Public History3
HI 496Public History Internship (Public History Internship)3
Select two from the following Public History Electives:6
Material Culture
Collections Management
Historical Archeology
Fieldwork Methods Course
Digital Collections Management
History of American Architecture
Exhibit Design
Oral History
Digital History
Select two from the following Related Electives:6
Accounting Concepts I
Accounting Concepts II
Modern Architecture
Aural-Visual Production
Technical and Scientific Writing
Grant Writing and Management
Geographic Information Systems
Urban Geography
Principles of Urban and Regional Planning
Principles of Marketing
Social Media Marketing
Introduction to Public Policy
Introduction to Anthropology
Interpretation of Cultural and Natural Resources
Natural Resource Management
Additional courses with the approval of the Chair of the Department of History
Total Hours21

Degree seeking students in the Certificate in Public History program who also
wish to earn a History minor may overlap only one Public History elective
toward their electives category for the History minor. The courses required for
the Certificate in Public History, HI 320 and HI 496, cannot be counted toward
the History electives for the History minor when both a History minor and a
Certificate in Public History are sought. The Public History elective course
chosen for overlap may be HI 411, HI 412, HI 413, HI 414, HI 415, HI 416, HI 465, HI 476, or HI 480. At least 6 credit hours of History electives (300-400 level) for the History Minor must come from non-public history elective courses.