Prepare to make history come alive for the public by joining one of the nation’s strongest public history programs ― one that offers full funding to most students.
In this program, you gain valuable work experience while studying public history. Our graduates are making an impact in archives and libraries, museums, historic preservation agencies, historic sites, documentary editing projects, state and national parks, consulting firms and academia.
Study in a history department consistently ranked in the South and nationally by the National Research Council.
Benefit from a program that received a Robert Kelley Memorial Award and three student awards from the National Council on Public History.
Do hands-on research with one of our partner organizations locally, nationally or abroad.
Live, work and study in a place with a deep connection to its past as an epicenter of the African American experience.
What You’ll Study
Public history students learn through experience, with extensive time committed to an internship, a portfolio of original research and a thesis. Students may take courses focused on historic preservation or museums, along with public history more broadly. Students should demonstrate reading knowledge of one foreign language (in most cases).
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Organizing and overseeing tasks to achieve specific goals
Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems
Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students
Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports
Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
- Historic Preservationist
- Museum Director
- Preservation and Archives
- State and National Parks
- Museums and Galleries