Public History


Where It Can Take You

Through coursework and internships, the minor prepares students for professional careers in museums, archives, historic sites, preservation, and government agencies such as the National Park Service and the National Archives and Records Administration. Public historians also work as consultants, write commissioned histories, develop websites, and research and direct film, radio, and TV productions.

Why Now?

The minor in public history addresses an expanding market in business, presidential libraries, museums, and historical organizations in the United States. To share history with a mass audience, practitioners of public history need the kind of professional training in historical research, theory, and practice that this minor offers. Academic coursework teamed with a hands-on internship provides students with a marketable, in-demand skill.