Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

HST 718 Seminar in Public History

4 hours; 4 credits. A seminar in Public History methods, practice, and issues, with a focus on the skills and perspectives needed to undertake applied historical work. The course introduces students to the ways in which public and private sector historical scholarship raises particular issues of ethics and professionalism that may differ from those faced by university-based scholars. Topics to be addressed will include: standards and ethics in public history; varieties of public history; practical skills necessary for responsible public history practice; fostering scholarship while remaining sensitive to stakeholder interest; historical content examined through a lens of public history. Some work in the course will be produced by students working in teams, as collaborative work is an essential part of public history. As part of the course, students will identify and propose an internship placement for a subsequent semester. Prerequisites: Admission to the History MA Program and HST 701.