Graduate Certificate in Public History

Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GA
Program Webpage:

Program Information

The graduate certificate in Public History is a specialized program of study that trains students for careers in museums, archives, historical interpretation, and historic preservation. Students may pursue the certificate (1) in combination with a Master of Arts in History or a closely related field or (2) as an independent credential. Students enrolled in the program take seminars in history and electives in history and related fields. All students are required to complete an internship at a historical institution.


Students seeking the certificate as a stand-alone program should apply at Create an account. When asked to choose a program, select "Graduate - non-degree." On the next page, select "College of Arts and Sciences," then "Public History (CHI)." Materials for admission are two letters of recommendation, college transcripts, GRE scores and a personal statement regarding interest in the program. 

Students enrolled in a M.A. program will need to follow the same admission procedure stated above at Previously submitted materials will be considered.  Therefore, you need only submit one additional faculty recommendation and a 500-word personal statement describing your interest in the program.


DescriptionCredit Hours
Introduction to Public History3
Public History Practicum (Internship)3
Two 600 level non-public history courses in the Department of History6
Two public history electives at the 500 level or above6
Minimum Total Hours18
Note: Students in the M.A. program in History may apply up to six (6) credit hours toward the certificate
Sample of public history electives:
  • Introduction to Archives
  • Oral History
  • Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • Museum Studies
  • Curatorial Methods
  • Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • Design and Craft Theory (Material Culture Studies)


A. Glenn Crothers

Associate Professor

Carrie Daniels

Associate Professor

Carol Ely
Adjunct Professor

Executive Director, Historic Locust Grove

Benjamin Hufbauer

Associate Professor

Tracy K. K’Meyer


Lara Kelland

Assistant Professor

Caroline C. Sheffield

Assistant Professor

Daniel J. Vivian
Assistant Professor