The program requires 33 semester hours (11 classes) divided between traditional academic coursework, specialized seminars in public history and field experience. Early in their program, public history students should complete HIST 510, Seminar in Public History, which explores the field’s development, methodologies and employment opportunities.
Public history students will also take at least two additional topics courses designed to provide them with applied knowledge and hands-on experiences in the practice of Public History.
An integral part of the program is the Semester-Long Internship. Students will work with the Public History Coordinator to identify an internship that will help them define their career goals and provide them with field experience. Students will spend 120 hours on the job and an additional 30-40 hours completing a final paper and annotated bibliography project.
The program culminates with a Capstone Project as opposed to a traditional research paper. Student-designed projects should incorporate client-based and/or academically based research and should communicate their findings to a nonacademic audience. It is expected that many students will choose their final projects in conjunction with their internship experience.
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