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Public History Graduate Certificate

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 18
Entry Term: Fall

Public History is a growing field that focuses on the practical application of academic knowledge through museums, federal and state historic sites, media productions, the Internet, popular publishing, and other public venues. These programs provide an alternative career path to traditional teaching and have become increasingly popular during the struggling academic job market of the last decade.

The Department of History at Georgia Southern University is adding a Graduate Certificate in Public History to its existing Master of Arts program beginning in Fall 2013. In addition to currently enrolled students, the certificate will be offered as a credential to qualified individuals holding a bachelor’s degree who are not pursuing an advanced degree.

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For additional information about the Graduate Certificate in Public History contact:
Dr. Michael S. Van Wagenen
Program Coordinator

Department of History,
P.O. Box 8054
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

Students who wish to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Public History must have:

  1. Completed requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  2. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in history and no grade in history lower than a “C.”
  3. An undergraduate major in history. Students with majors in other fields of study are given equal consideration for admission providing they either have (a) 3 years of history-related professional work experience OR (b) at least 15 semester hours (or the quarter-system equivalent) of history (at least 12 hours at the upper-division level and a total of 30 hours in the social sciences and humanities).
  4.  Two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study.
  5.  A statement of purpose (approximately 250 words) outlining the applicant’s interest in graduate study in history.


Non-traditional students and applicants not meeting the above requirements may be considered for Provisional (probationary) admission as determined on a case-by-case basis.

Program of Study

Program of Study

Required CoursesCredit Hours
HIST 7651  Graduate Seminar in Public History3
HIST 7638  Research Prospectus3
HIST 7781  Professional Internship in History*3
HIST 7900  Non-Thesis Project in Public History**3
Electives in Public History***6
Total Credit Hours18

Other Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the M.A. in History program must complete the requirements for either the Thesis or Non-Thesis option as listed on the M.A. in History program page.

* Internships are 150 hours.

**In this course students must complete a 6,000 – 10,000 word technical report that must be approved by a three-person faculty committee and orally defended.

***Public History elective courses at the 5000 level or above.

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Last updated: 5/22/2023