We can know where we’re going only if we know where we’ve been. Understanding the political, cultural, social and economic life of past civilizations enhances your understanding of the present. You’ll develop critical thinking, problem solving, research, writing and analytical skills useful in a range of careers.
Put Your Degree to Work
As a history graduate, you position yourself for a variety of professions, including archaeologist, archivist, college professor, foreign-service employee, historical society director, historian, history teacher, journalist, lawyer, museum technician and politician.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Archivist/curator||$44,410 per year||11% (3,300 more jobs)|
|High school teacher||$55,050 per year||6% (52,900 more jobs)|
|Historian||$52,480 per year||6% (200 more jobs)|
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
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Public History Major
Advisors: Jay Martin, Timothy Hall
Total: 40-46 hours
Core Courses I
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Political Science
An introduction to the historical and theoretical concepts and subject matter of political science, required for all political science majors and minors. May be offered as Writing Intensive. This course may be offered in an online format. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Examines the formal institutions of government and how politics actually works in the United States: civil rights, civil liberties, elections, media, interest groups and more. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
Core Courses II
Note: Must take at least 3 hours of HST 595.
Archaeology of the Americas
Archaeology of the Americas from the earliest peopling of the Western Hemisphere to the rise of civilizations such as the Maya, Aztec, and Inca. (University Program Group IV-B: Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition)
The Craft of History
Study of history as a scholarly discipline with emphasis given to historical theory, concepts, methodology, fields, and the history of historical thinking and writing. Specific topics and materials will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisites: Nine hours of history and a signed major or minor in history.
Discover why public historians are on the cutting edge, preserving and interpreting our heritage as writers, researchers, curators, media personalities, policy analysts, archivists, and more. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: HST 301 and MST 310; or graduate status.
A practical introduction to archives theory, management, and issues; hands-on learning experience with primary source materials. Prerequisites: HST 301 and MST 310; or graduate standing.
Internship in Public History
Enter the growing field of applied history through a supervised hands-on experience chosen to match your interests. Prerequisites: Permission of academic advisor and work supervisor.
Introduction to Museums
An introduction to the role of museums in society, as well as to museum management, operations and careers. Prerequisite: 36 hours of course credit.
Introduction to Public Administration
Provides a broad understanding of basic concepts and principles of public administration, including the role, structure, and functions of public agencies and how they operate. May be offered as Writing Intensive. This course may be offered in an online format.
Core Courses III
Select one of the following:
The Quest for Liberty: The United States to 1865
Explores the U.S.'s emergence from imperial colonies into a nation "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal," and antebellum struggles toward equality. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
The Struggle for Equality: The United States, 1865-Present
A broad and interpretative study of the United States since the Civil War. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group III- B: Studies in Social Structures)
Select one of the following:
North American Indian Cultures
Diversity of North American Indian cultures, their experiences of colonization and culture change, and their contributions to American and global cultures. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. (University Program Group IV-C: Studies in Racism and Cultural Diversity in the United States)
Michigan archaeology from the first peopling of the area to historic times. Changing adaptive patterns examined in the context of the Great Lakes region and North America generally. Recommended: ANT 174 or 175.
Nature of archaeological evidence, methods of analysis, theories and problems in interpretation and explanation of the human past. Offered in alternate years in rotation with ANT 451. Prerequisite: ANT 175.
Field School in Archaeology
Intensive practical experience in field survey, excavation, and laboratory analysis of resulting materials. Prerequisite: ANT 174 or 175 or 240; and permission of instructor.
ANT 540/CRM 540
Archaeological Field and Laboratory Techniques
Practical instruction in archaeological methods including field survey and excavation; description, classification, data analysis, and documentation of cultural materials in the laboratory. Identical to CRM 540. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. Prerequisites: ANT 175 and one of the following: ANT 340, 344, 348; or Graduate standing.
An introduction to the methodology and use of Oral History in historical research, interpretation, and documentation. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: HST 301 and MST 310; or graduate status.
Park and Natural Resource Management
Management of federal, state, and local park systems, and natural resource areas. Focuses on environmental issues, administration, planning, and visitor management. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: RPL 118; one of the following: RPL 204, 216, 261.
Fund Development & Grant Writing for Public & Non-profit Organizations
Processes and applied skills for fund development and grant writing for public and nonprofit organizations. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Pre/Co-requisites: RPL 405 or 508 or senior or graduate status.
Development of the skills to produce and implement interpretive programs in parks, camps, natural areas, and visitor and nature centers located in urban and rural areas. Prerequisites: RPL 358 or Graduate status.
Three (3) hours of U.S. History at the 300 level or above
Six to nine (6-9) hours of HST 100-599