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Graduate Certificate in Public History

Whether you’ve earned an undergraduate or graduate degree, the graduate certificate in public history provides the professional credential you need to become a public historian in a number of fields, including broadcast and online media, digital scholarship and humanities, historical interpretation and more.

Coursework focuses on the practice of public history and the management of institutions focused on public history, like museums, parks, and galleries. Faculty including long-time public historian Dr. Dan Roberts of “A Moment in Time” provide the experience and expertise required of a program that combines scholarship with methods.

Small class sizes (the average is 12-15 students), students who are working professionals, often seeking advancement in the field, and adjunct professors who are active practitioners in the fields they teach provide an unparalleled opportunity for learning from peers and faculty alike — both cutting edge theory and practical, applied experience in public history contexts.

Our graduate certificate consists of 6 classes for a total of 18 semester hours. An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited 4-year college or university is required for admission to the program. Certificate coursework can be applied to the Master of Liberal Arts with a Public History concentration.

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Public History


18 semester hours

MLA 500U Methods and Themes in Liberal Studies
PHIS 521U Introduction to Public History
PHIS 522U Managing Public History Organizations
PHIS 523U Management of Historical Collections
PHIS 524U Marketing the Past: Methods of Historical Interpretation and Communication
PHIS 575U Capstone Course

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Contact Us

Public History Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133