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Graduate Certificate in Public History

Degree Awarded: CERT
Unit: GA
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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 MA 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 also required to complete an internship at a historical institution.


Students seeking the certificate 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 and a personal statement regarding their interest in the program. There is a $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  Your previous 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.


Course requirements:

Introduction to Public History 3
Public History Practicum (Internship) 3
Two 600 level non-public history course in the Department of History 3, 3
Two public history electives at 500 or above level 3, 3
Total 18
[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
  • Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • Museum Studies
  • Curatorial Methods
  • Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • Design and Craft Theory (Material Culture Studies) 

Departmental Faculty

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.

Lara Kelland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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

Daniel Vivian
Department of History
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

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