Core Courses and Requirements
All entering public history Ph.D. students will complete the core of courses and requirements at follows:
The first three of these field examinations will be written and oral; the fourth will be covered by oral examination only. Additionally, Public History Ph.D.s must:
192. Public History
Topical history course to explore the field of public history. Course explores preservation, government, media, historical societies and museums, archives, and teaching of public history. Emphasis on field surveys and case studies.
192P. Proseminar in Public History
Students conduct field research on original project in any sector of public history. Includes, but not limited to, preservation, government, media, historical societies and museums, archives, and teaching public history.
192Q. History, Memory, and Museums
Readings in the field of public memory and its relationship to the discipline of history with emphasis on the role of museums. Students explore a variety of topics including commemoration, tourism, re-enactment, and living history. Geographical and temporal focus vary.
201 Advanced Historical Literature
May be repeated for credit. Open to both M.A. and Ph.D. candidates. A reading course in a field of the professor’s specialty. Introduces the student to the sources and literature of the field in question. Written work as prescribed by the instructor. (Usually offered quarterly.)
205A-B. Public Historical Studies
To acquaint students with relevant research methods (oral history, legal research, family history, government documents and sources, historical preservation, field research).
206 History and Theory: Public History
An introduction to the major theoretical debates within the profession over questions of epistemology, methodology, and interpretation.
Syllabi from past Public History courses:
Spring 2006, Prof. Randy Bergstrom: Public History and New Media
Winter 2007, Prof. Harold Marcuse: History in the Public Realm: Collective Memory?
Spring 2007, Prof. Randy Bergstrom: History and Theory: Public History