Are you trying to decide what to do with your history major? The History Department offers several courses for undergraduate students to explore the field of public history, including Introduction to Public History, Oral History, Introduction to Archives, Local and Regional History, Digital History, and American Architecture. Students may use these courses in public history to fulfill majors or minors in history, American Studies, studio art, or art history.
To gain a real-life perspective on working in public history, we encourage undergraduate students to pursue internships that are available in a wide range of history organizations. In addition, the Center for Public History usually has one paid undergraduate research position and several volunteer internships available every semester.
Several other departments offer useful courses related to public history. The Anthropology Department offers courses in archaeology, including an archaeological field school; cultural resource management; an ethnographic field school; laboratory curation methods; and other class topics relevant to public history. The Art Department offers a variety of art history courses, such as American Art, and studio courses, such as photography, which would provide useful skills for public historians.
To learn more about careers in public history, please contact Dr. Ann McCleary, the Public History Coordinator.