The minor in Public History prepares students for non-teaching careers as historians outside the academy. Emphasis is placed on exposing students to the broad range of skills and issues associated with careers in museums, archives, historic preservation agencies, heritage tourism, historic site assessment, cultural resource management, and other careers that utilize the skills of the historian outside of the classroom setting. The minor provides a foundation for history majors seeking employment as public historians and also prepares students for graduate study in public history.
Drawing on the recommendations of the National Council on Public History for undergraduate programs in Public History, this minor will stress:
· exposing students to the diversity of careers in Public History
· historical skills
· applied research
· interdisciplinary methods of research and inquiry into the historical past
· field research/internships/community engagement projects
 For these recommendations see: http://www.ncph.org/Portals/13/Education/Best%20Practices%20in%20Undergraduate%20Public%20History%20-%20May08.pdf
Requirements (18 credits)
Required Courses (9-10 Credits):
300-level U.S. History course (3 credits)
Students can take HIST 403 and HIST 492, but one will count towards their required electives.
Directed Electives (9 credits):
No more than 6 credits may be taken from any one discipline. Other courses, such as certain special topics courses like HIST 395, may be available if they address some specific aspect of public history. Consult the Public History Coordinator for current options.
Students wishing to take HIST 404 or HIST 405 should contact the chair of the department for a waiver of HIST 301.
Total Credit Hours: 18