Public History, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Public History allows students to pursue an organized course of study in public history while completing requirements for their degrees in existing doctoral and master's programs. Students have an opportunity to gain a knowledge of core methods and issues in the field of public history and are enabled to use public history approaches in their own research and work.

Public history is a well-established field of practice that marries academic research and methods to public applications and collaborations. Public historians typically work in museums, archives, historical societies, documentary film production, and social activism, though training in public history is useful to a wide variety of humanistic, social science, and legal fields. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


Required Courses
HIST 5237Issues and Methods in Public History3
HIST 8410Fieldwork in History 13
Complete two of the following:6
Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Media and History
Historical Societies and Archives
Exhibits and Museums
Industrial Archaeology
Historic Preservation
Historical Analysis of Public Policy
Oral History
Historical Administration
Topics in Cultural History
Visual and Material Culture
Topics in Public History (Sites of Violence and Public Memory)
Topics in Public History (Public History and Slavery)

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required