Bring History to the Public Setting
Whether in museums or monuments, parks or public libraries, history is all around us. Public Historians engage in historical conversations outside the traditional academic classroom. Their job is to preserve, interpret and curate historical sites, exhibits and archives for the public’s benefit. You can become a part of this conversation at A&M Commerce. Our Public History graduate certificate trains you in the theoretical and practical knowledge of public history so you can apply these skills to the real-world setting. While here, you’ll complete a public history internship to prepare you for a wide variety of careers. Working for historical societies, national parks or archival centers are just a few opportunities available to you.
1 to 2 years
No foreign language credits required
No thesis required
Public History Graduate Certificate:: Featured Courses
This course introduces the field of Public History by examining topics that range from historical methods and interpretation, historical analysis, public interactions, and controversies associated with the practice of public history.
This internship and capstone project is designed as a significant demonstration of the student’s ability to combine theory and practice in a project that has to be approved by and under the supervision of the certificate program Director.
This course provides students with an introduction and hands-on instruction to the theories, methods, and processes used to manage archives, manuscripts, and digital resources related to libraries.
This course introduces the theory and practice of oral history. Students will engage with the central theoretical issues of the field, including the construction of memory, narrative, subjectivity, and structures of social power.
This course will engage students in the larger interdisciplinary field of digital humanities and is designed as an introduction to the variety of ways in which historians work with digital spaces to produce content both for academic audiences and for the field of public history.
Public History Graduate Certificate:: International Application section
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
*International applicants must be admitted to a master’s/doctoral program at A&M-Commerce to pursue a graduate certificate.
Your Path to Becoming a Lion
Step 1. Submit Application
Submit your application through ApplyTexas.
- Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
- Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”
- Select “Public History, Graduate Certificate” as your “Major.”
- Pay the $75 application fee.
Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.
- After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.
Step 2. Submit Documents
Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.
- Upload your documents at myLeo > Apps > Check Admissions Application Status & Test Scores or email your documents to your graduate coordinator, [email protected], unless otherwise specified below.
- Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to:
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
2600 S. Neal St.
Commerce, Texas 75428
We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Resume or CV
Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.
Describe your preparation for graduate work, your academic interests and goals in no more than 500 words.
Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status
- Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.
Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance
Step 4. Register for Classes
Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.
- View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
- To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.
Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.
Public History Graduate Certificate :: INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. As a Public History student, you’ll have the opportunity to complete an internship as part of your curriculum. These are just a few of the companies and organizations that offer internships designed for you.