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Public History Emphasis Area

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 The Clemson University Public History Emphasis Area program provides a diverse base of coursework designed to introduce undergraduate students to the growing field of public history. We define public history as research and scholarship conducted with and/or for publics. Areas of focus include: community collaboration, oral history, museum exhibits, historic preservation, podcasts, documentaries, archives, websites, mobile apps, and a variety of other educational programs. Through an internship, students incorporate their knowledge into hands-on experiences at historic sites.  The emphasis area provides a broad base of courses to undergraduates planning to pursue graduate studies. 

Students visiting a museum.Students in archive.Students in an archive.Students at museum.

To qualify for the emphasis area, students must take:

  • Hist 2140: Introduction to Public History
  • History 2020: History Internship (3 Credits)

ONE of the following core courses:

  • History 2150: Intro to Digital History
  • History 4140: Introduction to the Study of History Museums
  • History 4180: Local/Oral History
  • Geography 4400: The Geography of Preservation
  • History 4800: Topics in Public History

And TWO electives:

  • History 4170: History and Memory
  • Additional Core Courses (listed above)

For more information, please contact the public history coordinator Professor Joshua Catalano.

Public History Faculty:

Photo of Joshua Catalano Joshua Catalano

Picture of Pamela Mack Pam Mack

A photo of Christa Smith Christa Smith

A picture of Arch Venkatesh Archana Venkatesh

 Historic Site Exploration: 

Geography of Preservation Field TripStudents at the Oconee History MuseumStudents conducting research