UWG Certificate Program Details

Students who already hold an M.A. in History or a closely-related field and have an interest in pursuing a career in public history may apply to the History Department to pursue a Public History Certificate. The student may pursue a specific area of interest, such as archives or community history, or take a more general course of study.

Program Description

Students who already hold an M.A. in History or a closely-related field and have an interest in pursuing a career in public history may apply to the History Department to pursue a Public History Certificate. The student may pursue a specific area of interest, such as archives or community history, or take a more general course of study.

Method of Delivery

Courses are 100% face-to-face.

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 15
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 0

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

The student may pursue a specific area of interest, such as archives or community history, or take a more general course of study.

Introduction to Public History - HIST-5400
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An examination of the development, philosophies and activities in the field of public history and the ethical issues which public historians face.

Theory and Practice of Oral History - HIST-5401
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An examination of the philosophy, ethics and practice of oral history, with specific training in interview and transcription techniques, and the use of oral history in historical research and analysis.

Introduction to Archival Theory and Practice - HIST-5402
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An introduction to the principles of archival theory and management from appraisal and acquisitions through arrangement, description, preservation and public access. Includes a practicum experience.

History of American Architecture - HIST-5404
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A survey of American architecture in its social and cultural context form colonial America through the present day.

Archives Arrangemnt Practicum - HIST-6201
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Advanced training in arranging, describing and processing archival collections for graduate students interested in archives work.

Theory and Method of Material Culture Studies - HIST-6202
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Examines methods and theories for studying material culture from an interdisciplinary perspective, analyzing what material culture reveals about the culture and society in which it was created with an emphasis on America. Required for Museum Studies Certificate.

Studies and Research Methods in American Folklife - HIST-6203
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An examination of the traditional, expressive, shared culture of various groups in the United States through its history, emphasizing analysis of regional folklife traditions and folklife research and fieldwork methods.

Administration of Museums and Historic Sites - HIST-6301
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Study of administrative functions: governance, financing, grant-writing, public relations, marketing, human resources, accreditation, and museum law and ethics. Taught in association with Atlanta History Center.

Collections Management in Museums - HIST-6302
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An examination of the processes by which a museum manages it collection. Taught in association with Atlanta History Center and involves a practicum experience.

Education and Interpretation at Museums - HIST-6303
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Studies include interpretative principles and techniques, school programs, adult and community programs, staffing, marketing and other programming logistics. Taught in association with Atlanta History Center.

Exhibits at Museums and Historic Sites - HIST-6304
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An examination of how museums create exhibits using various interpretive techniques, from planning and research through exhibit design, display techniques, script-writing and installation. Taught in association with Atlanta History Center.

Special Problems - HIST-6685
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: Assignments by major professors which could involve special lectures, research and readings. Approval of major professor and department chair needed before enrolling.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

Students enrolled as MA students at West Georgia: Students who are currently enrolled in the MA program may take courses that count for the Public History and Museum Studies Certificates as part of the public history concentration in the M.A. degree, but they may need to take one or two additional classes to complete the Certificate requirements. If students complete the Certificate after earning their M.A. degree, they will need to write a letter to the Graduate School to indicate that they wish to add the Public History or Museum Studies Certificate before enrolling to complete these classes. They will not be required to submit any additional reference letters, GRE scores, transcripts, or other application materials.

For individuals who already possess an M.A. degree: Individuals holding an M.A. degree in history or a related field may apply for the Public History Certificate or Museum Studies Certificate. Those with a field outside of history but an M.A. in an academic area they hope to curate (e.g. art history, anthropology, or archaeology) may apply for the Museum Studies Certificate.

Application Deadlines

General admissions deadlines are typically:

  • Fall - June 1
  • Spring - Nov 15
  • Summer - May 15

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

For more information on the Museum Studies Program, please contact

Dr. Ann McCleary, History Department

University of West Georgia,

Carrollton, GA 30118

678-839-6041     

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Students who complete the Public History Certificate program will understand the professional practices and ethics associated with the field of public history.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the field of public history in at least two skill areas: archives; museum collections management; museum education; oral history; museum education and interpretation; material culture; folklife; museum exhibits; and/or a skill approved by the certificate program director.
  • Students will demonstrate the application of their understanding of the field of public history by completing an internship under the supervision of a public history professional.