Public History Curriculum

Selected Course Offerings

Introduction to Public History (HIST 597/697).  Introductory survey of the field of public history for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.  Examines major areas of practice, the intellectual origins of the field, and the relationship between public history and the American historical profession.  Offered every fall semester.

Introduction to Historic Preservation (HIST 610).  Introductory survey of historic preservation practice and theory, with emphasis on the role of trained historians in professional practice.  Research component of course focuses on preparation of a draft nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

Introduction to Archives (HIST 611).  Introductory survey of archival theory and practice.  Examines archival principles and their practical application through assigned readings, classroom instruction, and hands-on work.  Topics considered include manuscript collections, institutional records, preparing archival materials for research use, technology, and archival ethics.

Digital History (HIST 612).  Overview of methods and theory used in engaging historical scholarship and interpretation in digital environments with an emphasis on public history projects.  Students use a wide variety of digital tools to engage conversations in the field and research and create interpretive projects.

Historic Preservation Fieldwork (HIST 621).  Specialized course based on projects undertaken in collaboration with outside organizations and institutions.  Students work as a team on a field-based preservation project.  Emphasizes collaborative research and writing, field methods, and division of tasks.  Offered intermittently, based on available projects and resources.

Historic Site Administration (HIST 621).  Examines management and administration of historic sites and history museums.  Topics considered include interpretive planning and programming, collections development, board relations, and fundraising.

Oral History (HIST 599/607).  Introduces methods and theory of oral history.  Explains what oral history is, how to conduct oral history interviews, how to analyze and interpret them, and to use them in a variety of settings.


Critical and Curatorial Studies Courses (offered through the Department of Art)

Museum Methods I (ARTH 547)

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Museum Methods II (ARTH 548)

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Seminar in Curatorial Practice (ARTH 648)

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Pan-African Studies Courses

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