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Graduate Certificate in Public History

Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GA
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Interested in a career in museums, archives, historic homes, preservation or other related history and heritage fields? The Department of History at the University of Louisville now offers students enrolled in an MA program at the University the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in public history through a combination of seminars in history, electives in related fields, and internship experiences in local historical institutions. 

Those seeking the certificate in public history may complete the program as part of an MA program at the University or as a stand alone certificate.


Students seeking the Certificate in Public History as a stand -alone program should go to and select the A&S non-degree seeking option and then the Public History program. 

Materials for admission are:

  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • personal statement regarding your interest in the program. 
  • $60.00 application fee

Students who are already enrolled in the History Masters program will need to follow the same admission procedure stated above at, apply for a fee waiver and mark the option that says you are already enrolled.  Your previous materials will be considered and you will only need to submit to graduate admissions an additional faculty recommendation for the program and a 500 word (or less) personal statement regarding your interest in the Public History program.


Course requirements:
Introduction to Public History 3
Public History Practicum (Internship) 3
One 600 level non-public history course in the Department of History 3
Two public history electives at 500 or above level 3, 3
Total 15
[students in the history department MA program may apply up to six hours of appropriate courses to their graduate degree]
Sample of public history electives:

Introduction to Archives

Oral History

Museum Studies

Curatorial Methods

Introduction to Nonprofit Management

Design and Craft Theory (Material Culture Studies)

Departmental Faculty

John P. Begley, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor

A. Glenn Crothers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Carrie Daniels, EdM, MSLIS
Associate Professor

Carol Ely, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Benjamin Hufbauer,Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Tracy K. K’Meyer, Ph.D.

Peter Morrin, M.F.A.

Associate Professor

Caroline C. Sheffield, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Daniel J. Vivian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Public History - Certificate

Professor Daniel Vivian
Director of Public History

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