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Why Public History at American

Why American?

Discover what makes AU public history special.


Students may choose a concentration in public history in conjunction with the MA in History or as an outside field for the PhD in History. The public history concentration for the MA requires 9 hours of core course work plus elective courses. A two-course seminar - practicum series is taken in the first year of study (6 hours). The graduate seminar gives students a historical and theoretical context for their work and covers some of the dominant paradigms in the field public history. The graduate practicum meets in a seminar format and builds professional knowledge and skills in governance, development and grant writing, public outreach, and various interpretive tools. This course requires students to complete class projects at public institutions. For current examples of the work done by public historians and helpful resources, visit the online magazine History People.

Public History Courses

Regular rotating public history courses include:

HIST 367/667: Oral History, offered every fall. Sample Syllabus.

HIST 368/668: History and Public Policy, offered alternating falls. Sample Syllabus.

HIST 368/668: Historic Site Management, offered alternating springs. Sample Syllabus.

HIST 370/670: Material and Visual Culture, alternating springs. Sample Syllabus.

HIST 377/677: History in the Digital Age, offered every spring. Sample Syllabus.

HIST 500: Memory and History

HIST 688: Audience Evaluation for Public Historians, offered in the summer. Syllabi under construction.

HIST 688: Collections Management, offered in the summer. Syllabi under construction.

HIST 729: Public History Seminar, required, offered every fall. Sample Syllabus.

HIST 730: Public History Practicum, required, offered every spring. Sample Syllabus.

HIST XXX: Community History, coming in 2012. Under construction.