Department of History and Philosophy

Programs / Certificate in Public History

The Certificate in Public History

Kennesaw State University's public history certificate program trains students to think critically about the public presentation of history and culture and helps students develop tangible skills that will enable them to pursue graduate study in a number of fields as well as professional or avocational work at historic and cultural sites. Classroom and fieldwork combine to deliver both theoretical understanding of memory and history and practical experience in historic preservation, community documentation, museums, and cultural program development.

To be awarded the Certificate in Public History students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in certificate requirements. The certificate is awarded with the completion of a bachelor's degree or, if the student already has a bachelor's degree, after the successful completion of the certificate

Program Requirements

Required Course - 3 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • HIST 3100
    Historical Methods
    3

Core Courses - 6 Credit Hours

Complete the two courses below:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • HIST 3325
    Introduction to Public History
    3
  • HIST 3398
    Internship*
    3
*Internships must be approved by the Public History Coordinator.

Elective Courses - 6 Credit Hours

Choose at least two courses from below:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • HIST 3326
    Historic Preservation
    3
  • HIST 3327
    Architectural History
    3
  • HIST 3328
    Intro to Archives & Record Management
    3
  • HIST 4426
    Documentation and Interpretation
    3
  • HIST 4430
    Museum Studies*
    3
  • HIST 4435
    History and Memory
    3

Remaining Courses - 6 Credit Hours

Choose two courses from below:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • HIST 4424
    Museum Education
    3
  • HIST 4425
    Oral History
    3
  • HIST 4490
    Special Topics
    3
  • ANTH 4425
    Historical Archaeology
    3
  • HS 4100
    Grant Writing and Fundraising
    3
  • HIST 3398
    Internship**
    3
**A second internship may be used as an elective as long as the experiences are independent of each other, with different identifiable learning outcomes. All internships must be approved by the public history program coordinator.

Program Total (18 Credit Hours)