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Public History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Berea, SC, United States
If your dream job involves designing museum exhibits, discovering untold stories in archives, or presenting history to public audiences, Public History from Baldwin Wallace University is the major for you. Public history is one of the newest and fastest growing areas of employment for students of history. 
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Public History majors from Baldwin Wallace University work with our archivist in the university archives starting their very first semester and will meet and network with history professionals. All public history majors complete internships at museums or archives and leave the program with practical experience in the field.

Coursework includes working with practitioners to learn historical analysis, digital technology, research, exhibit design, historical presentation and archive management.

In the classroom and in the field, you'll learn from BW's knowledgeable faculty and impressive career professionals. Following National Council on Public History guidelines, the major combines coursework in History with internship and practical skills—archival research, information management, writing, web design and digital media, oral history and more.

It is intensively experiential. Much of the coursework takes place in archives and local museums. Starting your first semester, you'll work in BW's University archives and be mentored by a professional archivist.

A capstone internship offers you the opportunity to apply your skills and insights in a professional setting.

Career Opportunities

Public history is ideal as a single major or as a companion for a double major. Opportunities include:

  • Archivist
  • Museum curator/manager
  • Historical consultant
  • Librarian
  • Urban planner
  • Government historian
  • Historic preservationist
  • Film/media producer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include;

  • Presentational Speaking
  • Introduction to Public History
  • Introduction to Archives and Museums
  • Research in Community History
  • Oral History Practicum
  • Historiography
  • Public History Internship

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • The Baldwin Wallace community is made up of students with varied interests and diverse socioeconomic, geographic, racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The admission committee carefully examines the academic achievement and aptitude of every candidate for admission to Baldwin Wallace University. 
  • While no minimum grade point average or standardized test score is specified, students must provide evidence of their preparation and fit for future success at Baldwin Wallace University consistent with code of conduct statements for the University, program or profession.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34504 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34504 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    34504 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34504 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Berea

  • 1575 - 2740 USD/month
    Living Costs

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