BA in History with Emphasis in Public History

Degree Program Description

The Public History emphasis is intended for history majors interested in the application of historical studies in public settings. The course of study encompasses historical work outside of the university setting, including, museums, heritage sites, national parks, archives, public agencies, private corporations and non-profit organizations.  The emphasis is designed to prepare students for graduate programs in public history, museum studies, or careers in public service.

Major Program Requirements

I. Introductory Courses (same as BA degree)9
II. Research Skills (same as BA degree)3
III. Area Specific Courses (same as BA degree)9
IV. History Electives6
HIST 4910: History in the Public + 1 history course at the 3000 level or above
V. Capstone (Two Internships, HIST 4940)6
At least one internship must involve some sort of public presentation (poster session, conference presentation, museum display or digital exhibit) based on original research
VI. Public History Component
Two courses from above, (not to include HIST 4910 or HIST 4940) must include a digital or public history component.
VI. U.S. History Requirement (same as BA degree)

In addition, students must complete all College of Arts and Science and University graduation requirements, including University general education.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan will vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003
Behavioral Science Course3Biological/Physical/Math Science Course with lab5
Social Science Course3Minor3
Humanities Course3History Course3
History Course3 
 15 14
Second Year
Foreign Language5Foreign Language5
Behavioral Science Course3Minor3
Humanities Course3Humanities Course3
Social Science Course3History Course3
History Course3 
 17 14
Third Year
Foreign Language3Humanities Course3
Biological/Physical/Math Science Course4Minor3
History Course3History Course3
History Course3History Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
 16 15
Fourth Year
Minor3Social Science Course3
Minor3History Course3
History Course3History Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
 15 15
Total Credits: 121

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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