College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Public History Minor


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. 

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Description of Minor

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

  • HIST 1010 Introduction to the Study of History (3)
  • HIST 4010 Introduction to Public History (3)
  • 2 History or related courses at the 3000-level or above (6)
  • Select 6 hours from one or both of the following (6)
    • HIST 3179 Cooperative Education
    • HIST 4030 Internship in Historical Studies 

Suggested courses in Public History include:

  • Courses taught through the Department of History:
    • 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 on specific courses offered by the Department of History, please see the Academic Catalog course descriptions.