Mission Statement

Mission statement for the University of Louisville Public History Program

The Graduate Certificate Program in Public History at the University of Louisville trains students for careers in the field of public history.  We conceive of public history broadly, with museums, archives, historic preservation, and historic site interpretation as major areas of emphasis.  At the same time, we recognize that the field continues to grow and change.  Subfields such as new media, historical consulting, and community-based historical programming have become increasingly important.  For this reason, we offer a flexible curriculum that aligns student needs with faculty strengths.  We strive to make students capable historians first and experts in one or more areas of public history second.  This approach provides strong value to students and institutional partners.  By providing students with the skills and knowledge needed for successful careers, we prepare students for the challenges that public historians currently face and encourage them anticipate others that may arise in the future.