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:: Current Students Application section
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Your Path to Become 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 as your “Target university”.
- Select “Public History Graduate Certificate” as your “Major”.
- Pay the $50 application fee.
- Look for an application confirmation email.
- Within two business days of your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.
- Wait for an admission decision email before processing to the next step.
- Once the Graduate School has reviewed your application, a notification will be sent to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.
Step 2. Register for Classes
You are ready to register for classes once you are admitted to the program.
Contact your academic advisor if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.
Once admitted, you must:
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.