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Public History Courses

Lists all Public History (PHIS) courses. Specific offerings by term, including specific selected topics, can be view for spring, fall and summer terms.

Public History Courses
PHIS 521U Introduction to Public History
Semester hours: 3
Description
Course examines the roots and relationships of the academic historical profession in historical societies, museums, archives and governmental institutions. Special emphasis placed on how institutions can collaborate to make the story of the past accessible to the public through media, presentations, exhibits, museums, and other interpretive vehicles and strategies.

PHIS 522U Managing Public History Organizations
Semester hours: 3
Description
Course focuses on financial management, legal matters, ethical issues and copyrighting as they apply to those engaged in the dissemination of historical information. Examines the organizational principles involved in developing short-term and long-term project management from conception and organization to execution.
Prerequisites
PHIS 521U

PHIS 523U Management of Historical Collections
Semester hours: 3
Description
Seminar designed to outline important issues like the care, acquisition and archiving of historical materials and public assets. Explores how historical record has been impacted by developments in the digital age. Includes a focus on documentary editing and the collection of oral history.
Prerequisites
PHIS 521U

PHIS 524U Marketing the Past: Methods of Historical Interpretation and Communication
Semester hours: 3
Description
Course examines the principles, concepts and methods of marketing and public relations as they are related to the promotion and preservation of historical topics and themes. Addresses methods to collect and respond to market data along with an exploration of budgeting models and their political implications. Discusses career options for public historians.
Prerequisites
PHIS 521U

PHIS 575U Capstone Course
Semester hours: 3
Description
Course allows students to bring together all that they have learned in the curriculum by applying them to a particular historical field such as as European history, world history, American history, Art history, Women's Studies or others. Focuses on the principles of historiography. Options available to students include a primary document based research project or an internship with a partner institution to give practical application to skills developed in this course of study. Projects must include the application of historiographical knowledge.
Prerequisites
MLA 500U, PHIS 521U, PHIS 522U

PHIS 599U Independent Study
Semester hours: 1-6

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