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Public History Concentration Requirements


History Major with Public History Concentration

History majors opting to pursue the Public History concentration will complete seven elective courses, six of which must be 300-400-level history courses. The Public History concentration consists of five courses (15 credit hours). Students are required to complete two public history core courses and three elective courses. Two of the three elective courses should be chosen from the list of primary electives; the remaining elective course may be chosen from either the primary or secondary list of elective courses.

Public History Checksheet

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_____ HIST 101 (World History to 1500)
_____ HIST 102 (World History since 1500)

 200-LEVEL COURSES (2 required):

_____ HIST 225 (U.S. History)
_____ HIST 201 (Europe to 1815)
_____ HIST 202 (Europe since 1815)
_____ HIST 263 (Africa)
_____ HIST 269 (Pre-Modern Middle East)
_____ HIST 270 (Modern Middle East)
_____ HIST 271 (The Ancient Mediterranean)
_____ HIST 273 (East Asia to 1600)
_____ HIST 274 (Modern East Asia)
_____ HUM 252 (Latin American Cultures and Identities)*

*Only sections taught by history faculty will count for history major.

HISTORY SEMINAR (prerequisite for 400-level courses):

 _____ HIST 395 (History Seminar)

 ELECTIVES (6 required):

  • Six of the seven electives must be 300- or 400-level history courses.  At least three courses must be 400-level history courses.  For honors students, only three hours of HIST499 can be counted among the three 400-level courses required for the major.
  • At least THREE courses must be on the 400-level.
  • At least ONE course in each of the following fields: U.S. history; European history; World history

HIST _____   HIST _____  HIST _____    HIST 400-level _____   HIST 400-level _____   HIST 400-level ____      

Public History Required Core Courses (2 required)

HIST 396/ARTH 396 (Introduction to Public History)
HIST 340 (Internship in History)

 Primary Electives (2 or 3 required)

HIST 331/ANTH 331 (Historical Archaeology)
HIST 394/ARTH 394 (Introduction to Museum Work)
HIST 407 (Digital History)
HIST 438 (Workshop in Local History)
HIST 440 (The History Museum)
HIST 441/SCOM 441 (Oral History)
HIST 491 (Editing Historical Documents)
HIST 492/ANTH 492/ARTH 492 (Material Culture)
HIST 493/ARTH 493 (Historic Preservation)
HIST 495 (Introduction to Archives and Manuscripts)

Secondary Electives (0 or 1 required)

HIST 326 (The Automobile in Twentieth-Century America)
HIST 327 (Technology in America)
HIST 338/SOCI 338 (U.S. Urban History)
HIST 360 (Research Apprenticeship in History)
HIST 391 (Travel Studies Seminar):

HIST 402 (Workshop in Colonial American Life)
HIST 403 (Workshop in Civil War Virginia)
HIST 406/ARTH 406 (Monticello)
HIST 408/ARTH 408 (The Museum: Histories and Controversies)
ANTH 494 (Field Techniques in Archaeology)


Internships at museums and historic sites provide students with valuable skills. Student interns at the New York City Police Museum Worked closely with the artifact collections.