Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Public History

The certificate in public history combines history, creative arts and business to prepare students for careers in public and applied history.

Program Highlights:

  • Open to students of all majors
  • Students can gain experience in diverse fields such as film, theatre, photography, and web design, as well as accounting, organizational communication and marketing.
  • Prepares students to start careers as museum professionals, historical interpreters, historic preservationists, corporate historians, and others.
  • Combines theory with hands-on experience, culminating in an intensive capstone internship that asks students to combine theory with practice under the guidance of a public history professional.
  • Advising is key to success in this program, as students exploring careers in archaeology, historic preservation, documentary filmmaking, or conservation may require more specialized coursework.

Internship Sites:

  • Albany County Hall of Records
  • Albany Institute of History and Art
  • FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Hudson, NY
  • Historic Cherry Hill
  • Irish American Heritage Museum
  • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
  • National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame
  • National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
  • New York State Historic Preservation Office
  • New York State Military Museum
  • New York State Museum
  • Olana State Historic Site
  • Peebles Island State Park
  • Rensselaer County Historical Society
  • Saratoga National Historical Park
  • Shaker Heritage Society
  • Spindle City Historic Society
  • Underground Railroad History Project
  • USS Slater

Student Experiences:

  • Digitize documents and objects held by the descendants of Franco-American immigrants
  • Digitize 18th and 19th century letters associated with the Battle of Saratoga
  • Work with a local house museum where hundreds of runaway slaves were sheltered
  • Experiment with 3D printing to recreate artifacts to using in elementary classrooms
  • Create and execute museum exhibits
  • Work as interns in archives, museums, and living history sites
  • Enter graduate programs in public history, including the M.A. in Public History at the University at Albany and the prestigious Cooperstown Graduate Program.
  • Find work in the field, including SEARCH, a leading nationwide and global provider of cultural resources services, and Colonial Williamsburg