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.

This 15-hour Public History Certificate requires:

  • HIST 5400 Introduction to Public History (3 hours)
  • 3 graduate-level public history classes (9 hours), chosen from the following courses.  Students may also take one coure  in anthropology, art, or another related areas, with permission from the public history advisor.
    • HIST 5401 Theory and Practice of Oral History
    • HIST 5402 Introduction to Archival Theory and Practice
    • HIST 5404 History of American Architecture
    • HIST 6201 Advanced Archives Practicum
    • HIST 6202 Theory and Methods of Material Culture Studies
    • HIST 6303 Studies and Research Methods in American Folklife
    • HIST 6301 Administration of Museums and Historic Sites
    • HIST 6302 Collections Management in Museums
    • HIST 6303 Education and Interpretation at Museums and Historic Sites
    • HIST 6304 Exhibits at Museum and Historic Sites
    • HIST 6485 Special Topics  (recent special topics courses have included Cultural Resource Management, State and Local Histsory, Digital History, and Community History Practicum)
  • HIST 6486 Public History Internship (3 hours) selected in consultation with the public history faculty


For more information on the Public History Certificate program, please contact:

Dr. Mark Janzen
History Department
University of West Georgia
Carrollton, GA 30118
(678) 839-6041

To apply for the Public History Certificate, contact the Graduate School to complete the on-line application available on the Graduate School webpage.