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Public History Certificate

Student Learning Outcome - Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of public history practice and techniques;
  • Communicate effectively with a non-academic or client-based audience;
  • Demonstrate the ability to present original historical research to diverse audiences;
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn and communicate in multiple learning environments;
  • Learn the practice of public history through an applied internship.

What will I study?


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 3.0 cumulative GPA and the approval of the certificate coordinator. The student must not earn less than a 3.0 in any course required for the certificate or less than 3.3 cumulatively for certificate courses. At least 21 credits for the certificate must be completed at EWU.

Required courses in this program of study may have prerequisites. Reference the course description section for clarification.

Students must take all of the following Required Core Courses: (16 credits)

HIST 110 The American Experience: A Survey (5)
HIST 389 Public History (5)
HIST 395 History Internship (5)
HIST 493 Certificate Synthesis and Assessment (1)

Interdisciplinary Electives (15 credits)

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 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.

Depending on the aspect of public history the student wants to pursue, appropriate electives may include the following:

ANTH 301 Principles of Archeology (5)
ANTH 452 Archeological Field Techniques (5)
DESN 263 Visual Communication Design 1 (5)
DESN 368 Web Design (4)
DESN 378 Interactive Design (4)
ENGL 407 Proposal Writing (5)
GEOG 321 GIS for Social Sciences (3)
GEOG 328 Geographic Information Systems I (5)
GEOG 330 Geography of the Pacific Northwest (4)
GEOG 427 Desktop Mapping (3)
GEOG 428 Geographic Information Systems II (5)
GEOG 465 Urban Geography: Origins, Forms and Functions (3)
GEOG/HIST/PLAN 469 Built Environments of North America (3)
GOVT 330 Federalism, State and Local Politics (5)
HIST 313 Asian American History (5)
HIST 373 History of the American Wilderness (5)
HIST 407 Hometown History (5)
HIST 408 Digital History: History and New Media (5)
HIST 482 History of the American West (5)
HIST 483 History and Government of the Pacific Northwest (5)
IDST 321 Contemporary Indian Studies (4)
IDST 421 Federal Indian Law and Policy I (5)
IDST 422 Federal Indian Law and Policy II (5)
JRMN 337 Editing and Publishing (4)
JRMN 349 Photojournalism (4)
PLAN 465 Historic Preservation Planning (3)

Other certificate-themed courses at the 300 or 400 level may fulfill requirements with the approval of the certificate coordinator.


Required Core credits: 16 credits

Required electives: 15 credits

Minimum number of credits for above certificate: 31 credits

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