230 Introduction to Public History
(3 s.h.) The practice of history in museums, archives, business, media, parks, historical societies, and government agencies, including theoretical and practical issues confronting public historians today. Readings and guest lecturers address questions of audience and authority in collecting and presenting history. Students explore the relationship between history and national, communal, and personal memory and the role politics can play in public history.
300 Special Topics in Public History
(3 s.h.) Special Topics in Public History is a seminar course that focuses on an aspect of the field of public history. Students learn how to apply the research, analysis, and writing skills of a historian to develop and complete a project which can benefit an audience outside of traditional academia.
287, 387 Internship
(3 s.h.) Internships consist of 150 hours of practice in such areas as cultural resource management, cultural tourism research, curatorial services and material culture, digital history, educational programming, exhibit design, historical interpretation, and management of archives. In addition to their other activities, students keep a journal of their work experiences. Students may work at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library or other organizations in Staunton or elsewhere.