Jul 15, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Public History Minor

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Department of History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

25 Credits


Public History, also sometimes known as “applied history,” includes the production and presentation of historical interpretations for the general public and for more specialized audiences. Many historical consultants, museum professionals, government historians, archivists, oral historians, cultural resource managers, curators, video and media producers, historic preservationists, policy advisors, and local historians consider themselves public historians. Unlike history teachers, who often work as individuals to design and deliver their courses, most public historians work in cooperation with community members and professionals from other disciplinary backgrounds.

Why Consider a Public History Minor?

If you are interested in history but are not particularly interested in teaching, you should consider a public history minor. The public history minor can help to prepare you for a career as a historical consultant, museum professional, archivist, cultural resource manager, video and media producer, historic preservationist, or policy advisor.

 Contact Information

Minor Information
Bond Hall 360

 Sample Careers

Historical Consultant | Museum Professional | Government Historian | Librarian | Archivist | Cultural Resource Manager | Curator | Video/Media Producer | Historic Preservationist | Policy Advisor

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

There are no prerequisites for declaring the Public History minor. It is recommended that students contact a faculty advisor as soon as they wish to declare the Public History minor. Please see the department website at chss.wwu.edu/history for further details.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


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