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The public history minor is designed for working historians outside of academia. It combines an academic degree at an accredited liberal arts college with hands-on experience. The goal is to give those who love history and social studies marketable skills they can use outside the classroom. Mary Baldwin University established the minor in 2005 through a collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.

Public History is available as a minor.

Why study public history at Mary Baldwin University?

Where It Can Take You

Through coursework and internships, the minor prepares students for professional careers in museums, archives, historic sites, preservation, and government agencies such as the National Park Service and the National Archives and Records Administration. Public historians also work as consultants, write commissioned histories, develop websites, and research and direct film, radio, and TV productions.

Why Now?

The minor in public history addresses an expanding market in business, presidential libraries, museums, and historical organizations in the United States. To share history with a mass audience, practitioners of public history need the kind of professional training in historical research, theory, and practice that this minor offers. Academic coursework teamed with a hands-on internship provides students with a marketable, in-demand skill.

Augusta County Historical Society

The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia

Historic Staunton Foundation

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

The American Association for State and Local History

American Association of Museums

American Historical Association

National Council on Public History

Organization of American Historians

Public History Resource Center

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