Public History minor

This minor introduces students to the field of public history, which trains historians to be active participants in society using new and innovative methods to convey history to a wide range of audiences. They strive to teach the value of history and the need to learn about the past to better understand the present and shape the future.

Students who could benefit

  • Students who are applying to graduate studies in history, anthropology, art history, and library science.
  • Students who want to work in museums, historical societies, or on historical sites.
  • Students who want to work as preservationists, curators, educators, oral historians, park rangers, interpretive guides, media and public relations professionals, and public policy analysts.
  • Environmental Science or Studies students who are interested in working in zoos and other sites that educate the public about the history and current state of the environment.

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Public History minor course requirements

All minors must be completed with a 2.0 minor GPA. Please see an advisor to discuss details.

United States History Core: 10 Credits

History Elective: 5 Credits (List A)

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Public History and Research Core: 15 Credits (List B)

Architectural, Art, or Local History Elective: 5 Credits (List C)

How to declare

You can declare a minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. If you have any questions about this process, please see your advisor.

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