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Public History, Bachelor

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #905 (BCR) , ND,
Do you like to study history but wonder what you can do with a history degree? If so, the public history program, designed by the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at North Dakota State University, may be for you. This innovative program is the first of its kind in the Upper Midwest. It provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of nonteaching careers in history and prepares them for employment in the expanding field of public history.


The department developed this program after careful examination of successful public history programs at such institutions as the University of Connecticut, the University of Delaware, Arizona State University and the University of California Santa Barbara. In addition, local and regional historical agencies, including the State Historical Society of North Dakota, were consulted on the development of the program. The core is the professional major of 69 to 81 credits, which consists of a well-integrated combination of courses designed to provide students with training in the general field of history as well as the specific field of public history. The intent of the program is to provide a structured framework of courses and allowance for some flexibility to reflect personal interests.

Internship Program
The public history major provides students with a solid background in history and introduces them to such fields as archival and museum work, historical editing, historic preservation, costume conservation and design and archaeology. A crucial part of the program is an approved internship of nine credits at a historical agency, often the State Historical Society of North Dakota in Bismarck. In recent years, students have interned at the Colorado and Minnesota Historical Societies and at various historic sites from South Pass, Wyo., to Yorktown, Va. This internship is designed to provide students with practical on-the-job experience in public history.
Career Opportunities
Recent graduates in public history are employed at the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the National Park Service and several county museums and historic sites. Currently, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that openings for archivists and curators will “increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2014.” Further information on career opportunities can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    122 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • History of Architecture
  • Introduction to Public History
  • Introduction to Museum Work
  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Archival Theory and Practice
  • Archival Photography

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General Requirements

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. The university uses selective criteria in order to assure adequate preparation which will enable students to be successful in their academic pursuits. NDSU reviews the following criteria:

  • It is recommended applicants have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale). Strong consideration is given to grades earned in the high school core courses listed below.
  • An ACT composite score of 22 or higher or SAT score of 1020 or higher (math and verbal combined score) also is recommended. If you have not achieved this score, you are strongly encouraged to re-test. The writing component of the ACT is not required.
  • Students applying for admission for Fall 2016* should complete the following 13 high school core courses:
    • 4 units of English
    • 3 units of mathematics (at the level of algebra 1 and above)
    • 3 units of laboratory science
    • 3 units of social science
    Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered if there is evidence in the student's academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success. Students with higher GPAs and lower test scores, or conversely, lower GPAs and higher test scores will also be given consideration.*The current guidelines of 13 core courses will remain in effect for students seeking admission for the fall of 2016 and increase by one additional core course each year through the fall of 2018. In addition to the current core areas (4 years of English, 3 years of math at algebra l and above, 3 years of lab sciences, and 3 years of social sciences), students will have the option to count the additional credits from the existing core subject areas or world language (including foreign languages, Native American languages, or American Sign Language).NDSU will accept the General Education Development (GED) certificate from applicants 19 or older. For students testing prior to 2002, an average of 45 and subject scores no lower than 40 are required. Students testing between 2002 and 2014 must present an overall average score of 450 with no subject score lower than 410. Students testing after 2014 must present scores of 150 or higher on each of the four content areas.

    Tuition Fee

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      282 USD/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 282 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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    • 870 - 1260 USD/month
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