Public History at the undergraduate level can be an important asset to any Bachelor of Arts degree. History majors and students studying in related disciplines are encouraged to consider the minor, and its emphasis on research skills and public engagement, as a compliment to their primary degree program. 

The Public History minor consists of 18 units of credit hours. Students begin their public history work the first semester of their junior year.

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UNI Department of History houses one of the oldest undergraduate public history programs in the country.


The minor provides students with interdisciplinary training and a chance to work in a collaborative environment.


Public history courses and internships help train students in research methodologies and public practices, providing opportunities to engage in doing history and preparing for employment. 

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Cedar Falls, IA 50614

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Courses include:

HIST 1010 Introduction to the Study of History (Fall or Spring semester)
HIST 4010 Introduction to Public History (Fall semester)
HIST 4030 Internship in Historical Studies (Spring semester)
HIST 4030 Internship in Historical Studies (Summer or Fall semester)
2 History or related courses at the 3000-level or above (Variable)

Suggested courses in Public History include:
  • Introduction to Museum Studies (Spring semester)
  • Collections Care and Management (Fall semester)
  • Courses that specifically introduce students to a particular methodology, such as oral history, environmental history, women's and gender history, and race/ethnicity via African-American history, Latinx history, etc.

For more information, please contact the Public History Minor Advisor, Dr. Cheryl Dong at