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Graduate Certificate in Public History


The Certificate in Public History allows students to pursue an organized course of study in Public History while completing requirements for their degrees in existing doctoral and master’s programs. Students must be currently enrolled in a Northeastern graduate degree program. This program allows students to gain a knowledge of core methods and issues in the field of public history and are enabled to use public history approaches in their own research and work.

Public history is a well-established field of practice that marries academic research and methods to public applications and collaborations.  Public historians typically work in museums, archives, historical societies, documentary film production and social activism, though training in public history is useful to a wide variety of humanistic, social science and legal fields.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


HIST 5237 Issues/Methods in Public History
HIST 8410 Fieldwork in History 1

Complete two electives from the following:


Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Media and History
Exhibits and Museums
HIST 5244 Historic Preservation
HIST 7219 Topics in Cultural History
Visual and Material Culture
Topics in Public History (Sites of Violence and Public Memory)
Topics in Public History (Public History and Slavery)

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator in your home department for more information.