Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Public History

If you are passionate about History and desire to share your knowledge with others then public history makes a wise career choice. The numerous and varied applications of public history encompass historical sites and historical archeology; archival collections and museum artifacts; historical society collections; federal and state level park service, landmark preservation, and government and private sector document preservation. A properly trained public historian possesses personal and professional assets which help a person negotiate an impressive array of career choices and callings.


The Certificate in Public History is a 15 credit hour program designed to train undergraduate students pursuing a B.A. in History or a post-Bachelor's student in the practical application, scope, methodologies, and procedures of public history. Courses offered in History Department provide the theoretical and content based portions of the program. There will be time spent off-campus in internships which provide hands-on experience and create new opportunities for employment. Given the national interest in public history and the variety of historical venues in Rhode Island, the need for public history training is imperative. Rhode Island College has become the first public institution of higher learning to inaugurate a program to meet this need.

Course No. Course Title Credits
HIST 331Rhode Island History4
HIST 363Internship in Applied History4-5
HIST 371Reading Course in History4
HIST 381Workshop: History and the Elementary Education Teacher1-2
One Course from
HIST 320American Colonial History4
HIST 321The American Revolution4
HIST 326American Cultural History: The Nineteenth Century4
HIST 327American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century4
HIST 330History of American Immigration4
It is recommended that students also take ANTH 102

Total Credit Hours


For more information contact:

Robert Cvornyek
Gaige Hall 246
(401) 456-8039

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