Public History (Minor)

Public History (Minor)

Public History Minor

Apply history to the real world with our public history minor

What is public history?

Public historians work on translating historical research and information to the broad public audience, which includes tourists, students, clients, government agencies and more. The discipline requires using a range of skills outside the traditional realm of history, such as researching community and corporate history, curation and design of museum exhibits, archiving and public speaking. Through a public history minor, you’ll learn how to think critically, answer difficult questions and respond to unique situations in an array of historical contexts.

Why study public history at UNH Manchester?

Apply history to the real-world with our public history minor, which will provide you with the skills and experience to work in museums, archives, libraries, historic sites and houses, nonprofits and historical societies, corporations, and educational and community programs. You’ll learn to share historical knowledge with the general public through various mediums, from material culture to digital history. You’ll come away with solid communication, technical and critical thinking skills in a fast-growing field.

Potential career areas

  • Archivist, curator or museum worker
  • Communications
  • Historian
  • History teacher or professor
  • Law or legal services
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit organizations 
  • Public service
  • Writing

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Curriculum & Requirements

Public historians work on translating historical research and information to the broad public audience.​ The public history minor is designed to provide students with the skills and experience to work in museums, archives, libraries, historic sites and houses, non-profits and historical societies, corporations, and in educational and community programs.

The minor is composed of five courses of 4 credits each, including an introduction to public history course and an internship, (HIST 691 Internship), at a local historical site.

Requirements
HIST 500Introduction to Historical Thinking4
HIST 595Explorations4
HIST 691Internship4
Select eight credits of public history courses approved by minor supervisor at 500/600 level8
Total Credits20

For more information, contact Sonic Woytonik, minor supervisor.