Public History Certificate
Public history describes the many applied history careers outside of secondary and collegiate teaching. Public historians work for museums, historic homes, libraries, archives and state and national parks; additionally, they work for local, state and federal governmental agencies. Public historians may apply their knowledge of the past to film, television or web production; they may work as freelance writers or in cultural resource management. The Public History Certificate will prepare students for these exciting career opportunities with a combination of practical coursework and field experiences.
Acceptance to the certificate program requires that the student have at least a cumulative GPA ≥3.0 and the approval of the certificate coordinator. The student must not earn <3.0 in any course required for the certificate or <3.3 cumulatively for certificate courses. At least 21 credits for the certificate must be completed at EWU.
Note: The Public History Certificate coordinator must approve all elective courses applied to completion of the requirements for the Public History Certificate. Depending on the student's career goals, interdisciplinary courses applied to the Public History Certificate could focus on grant writing, Geographic Information Systems, web design, local government and history or other relevant topics. Interdisciplinary electives will normally be at the 300- or 400-level; at least 5 Interdisciplinary electives will normally be at the 300- or 400-level; at least 5 credits must be HIST credits that were not applied to the completion of the student's major requirements or to the Public History Certificate's required core courses.
Required courses in this program of study may have prerequisites. Reference the course description section for clarification.
|Required Core Courses|
|HIST 110||AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: A SURVEY||5|
|HIST 389||PUBLIC HISTORY||5|
|HIST 395||HISTORY INTERNSHIP||5|
|HIST 493||CERTIFICATE SYNTHESIS AND ASSESSMENT||1|
|Interdisciplinary Electives may include the following and depend on the aspect of public history the student pursues.||15|
|ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES|
|VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN 1|
|WEB DESIGN 1|
|WEB DESIGN 2|
|GIS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES|
|GEOGRAPHY OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST|
|GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I|
|GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II|
|URBAN GEOGRAPHY: ORIGINS, FORMS AND FUNCTIONS|
|BUILT ENVIRONMENTS OF NORTH AMERICA: SYMBOL AND STRUCTURE|
|FEDERALISM, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS|
|ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY|
|HIST OF AMERICAN WILDERNESS|
|HISTORY OF AMERICAN WEST|
|HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST|
|FEDERAL INDIAN LAW AND POLICY I|
|FEDERAL INDIAN LAW AND POLICY II|
|EDITING AND PUBLISHING|
|HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLANNING|
Student Learning Outcomes—students will
- communicate effectively with a non-academic or client-based audience;
- demonstrate knowledge of public history practice and techniques;
- demonstrate the ability to learn and communicate in multiple learning environments;
- demonstrate the ability to present original historical research to diverse audiences;
- learn the practice of public history through an applied internship.