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. The program strives to teach the value of history and the need to learn about the past to better understand the present and shape the future.
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.
Declare your minor by completing the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. For questions about this minor please contact the Public History minor coordinator Professor Julie Nicoletta. See your advisor for all other questions and assistance.
Public History minor course requirements
All courses in the minor must be completed with a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
United States History Core: 10 Credits
History Elective: 5 Credits (List A)
- TARTS 311 History of Rock and Roll
- TARTS 411 History of Jazz
- TEGL 419 African-Amercian Culture and Consciousness (formerly THIST 419)
- TEGL 464 Indigenous Health, Political Ethnoecology and Governance (formerly TANTH 464)
- TEST 221 Environmental History: Water
- TEST 332 A Natural History of Garbage
- TGEOS 247 Maritime History and Science in the Pacific Northwest (formerly TESC 247)
- TGH 301* Global Interactions
- THIST 212 American Military History I
- THIST 220 African American History 1619-1865
- THIST 221 African American History 1865-1945
- THIST 222 African American History 1945-Present
- THIST 320 Asian American History
- THIST 322 American Labor Since the Civil War
- THIST 333 Early American Music, Art, Literature, and Theater
- THIST 336 Black, Labor, and Protest Music in Historical Perspective
- THIST 340 History of United States-American Indian Relations
- THIST 341 African American History
- THIST 378 American Architecture (formerly THIST 226)
- THIST 410 Early American Politics, Constitution, and Law
- THIST 411 History of Religion in America
- THIST 413 Civil Rights, Civil Liberties
- THIST 416 Life and Thought: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Angela Davis
- THIST 417 United States History 1945-Present
- THIST 420 African-American Religious History
- THIST 437 Doing Community History
- THIST 440 Black Labor in America
- THIST 441 Black Freedom Movement in Perspective
- THIST 444 The Pacific Northwest
- THIST 445 History of Tacoma
- THIST 456 North American Regions
- THIST 487 Technology in the Modern World
- THIST 488 History of Urbanization and the Environment
- TLAX 238 Latinos in the United States (formerly THISP 238)
- TLIT 438 American Folklore
Public History and Research Core: 15 Credits (List B)
- THIST 430 Introduction to Public History
- THIST 470 The Material World: Art and Artifacts
- TIAS 496 Internship (5 credits max); contact faculty advisor for details
Architectural, Art, or Local History Elective: 5 Credits (List C)
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