The History Department offers a Graduate Certificate in Public History.
Students pursue challenging, interdisciplinary coursework in addition to their Master’s education in History, Education, or other related fields. Upon completion of the program, receive a certificate recognizing their training in and understanding of public history.
To qualify for the certificate, students must complete 12 credits of graduate level coursework in History, with no less than 9 of these credits chosen from the department’s public history offerings.
Up to 6 credits of the certificate may be double-counted towards another degree.
HOW PUBLIC HISTORY STUDENTS SPENT THEIR SUMMERS
- Bethany Stewart (Class of 2023) conducted and processed oral history interviews, developed online exhibits, and gathered research materials.
- Savannah Lawhorne (Class of 2022) created a website for the Bland County History Archive as well as one to accompany her work on DeJarnette Sanitarium
- Savannah Flanagan and Erica Blake (Class of 2022) Created a bibliography, timeline, and lesson plan for the Thomas West Project.
- Erica Blake (Class of 2022) worked for the Rappahannock Tribe as an Intern Digital Historian and aided their Tribal Historian with their new virtual museum.
- Alfonso Zavala Jr. (Class of 2022) completed a remote internship through the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia.
- Noah Crawford (Class of 2021) interned at Appamatox Court House National Historical Park, where he assisted in creating a Living History experience at the park. You can read more about his experience in his blog post.
- Iris Swaney (Class of 2021) created an archive for the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley in Summer 2020. Read more about her experience in her blog post.
- Jessica Brabble (Class of 2021) interned for Historic Bethabara in Winston-Salem, NC. She created accessible tours for students with disabilities. You can read more about her experience in her blog post.
- John Legg (Class of 2020) interned at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia.
What Public History Students are up to
- In the Fall 2021, public history students completed oral history interviews, interpreted content, and designed graphics for the Calfee Community and Cultural Center.
- Noah Crawford (Class of 2021) created a walking tour pamphlet for the Wilderness Road Regional Museum in Fall 2019.
- Students in the “Politics of Memory” class created the virtual exhibit “The Land Speaks” about the history of the Monocan Nation in Spring 2020.
- Iris Swaney (Class of 2021) conducted multiple oral histories of the staff at the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley.
- Iris Swaney curated and designed the exhibit “Unknown Origin” in remembrance of April 16, 2007.
- Jessica Brabble (Class of 2021) created and designed an exhibit about the Pulaski County enslaved for the Wilderness Road Regional Museum in Fall 2019.
- Emily Stewart (Class of 2020) helped public history professor Jessica Taylor created Voices of Virginia.
- Clay Adkins and Iris Swaney helped conduct oral history interviews for the Fries Textile Collection Oral Histories in Fries, Virginia.
- In Spring 2017, students researched Virginia political history and wrote and produced episodes of a podcast series.
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