The Graduate Certificate in Public History draws on faculty expertise and the wealth of historical resources available in the Richmond area to prepare students for professional work in the field of public history. Public history is shared primarily with non-academic audiences, exemplified by the work of archivists, museum curators, historical guides, historic preservationists, editors, publishers, administrators, and digital media specialists. Using a blend of practical, hands-on experience with substantive academic training, students will sharpen their expertise and gain entry into this growing field.
This post-baccalaureate certificate can be pursued alone or in conjunction with the VCU Department of History’s current Master of Arts degree. Click here for information on how to apply.
Please see our blog - Public History at VCU - for more insights into the development of our program, student internships and projects, community engagement, and more.
The certificate program requires 15 graduate credit hours of course work, which blends historical instruction with at least one internship.
Students take two required courses:
Additionally, students must choose three electives from the following three-credit courses (totaling 9 hours):
Electives may also include a maximum of SIX credit hours from the following list:
Students currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in History program who fulfill these requirements are welcome to apply for the certificate upon completion.