Public History, Minor

Program Code: PUBHS_UMNR

Program Description

The Public History Minor combines history, management, education, communication, civic engagement, and marketing skills, all needed by staff and leaders at museums, historical sites, and in other cultural work. It will help prepare students to foster cultural revitalization in communities, work in philanthropy, and support corporate and non-profit archival and history programs. It will also prepare students to seek the Master's Degree in Public History. The minor's large variety of qualifying courses will invite students in many disciplines to consider doing meaningful civic work with a historical flavor.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor 

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HIST 112Introduction to Public History Keystone/General Education Course3
HIST 404Advanced Public History3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits from each of the following four groups listed below. (At least three of these 12 units must be at the 400 level. Non-history majors may have prerequisites to support a 400-level course in their major that they can count for the Public History minor.)12
History Group:
World History to 1500 Keystone/General Education Course
World History since 1500 Keystone/General Education Course
American Civilization to 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
American Civilization Since 1877 Keystone/General Education Course
The Battle of Gettysburg in American Historical Memory Keystone/General Education Course
Marketing and Communications Group:
External Communication
Writing for the Web
Introduction to Web Design and Development
Entrepreneurial Mindset
Principles of Marketing
Public Relations and Marketing
Management Group:
Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
Negotiation Skills for Business Professionals
Project Management
Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Management Information Systems Keystone/General Education Course
Basic Management Concepts
Education Group:
Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course
Education in American Society Keystone/General Education Course

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.



Sharon Ann Holt
Assistant Teaching Professor
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001



1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001