Public historians are front-line interpreters bringing historical knowledge to a broad public audience beyond the traditional academic classroom. Working in such varied institutions as museums, government agencies and heritage destination sites, public historians expand on the research skills and content knowledge of traditionally trained historians to incorporate new sources of historical evidence such as oral history and material culture.
Students in the program will be expected to:
- conduct original research;
- interpret primary sources;
- evaluate the historiography of a specific historical topic;
- demonstrate knowledge of public history practices and techniques; and
- communicate effectively with a non-academic or client-based audience.