Certificate in Public History

Students enrolled in the M.A. and the Ph.D. programs have the opportunity of earning a Certificate in Public History over the course of their degree. The Certificate is designed to give students a grounding in the fundamentals of the field, preparing them for employment in public history organizations. For further information on careers in public history, click here. We have also compiled a list of resources for students currently in the Public History program.

The Department had developed relationships with organizations on and off campus with interests in public history projects and interns. These include the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for Arts and Humanities, The Alabama Review, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, AU Special Collections and Archives, the Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the Alabama Historical Commission, the Tuskegee Human Rights and Multicultural Center, the Lee County Historical Society, the Eufaula Athenaeum, the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, the Encyclopedia of Alabama, Historic Westville, the Alabama Historical Association, the National Park Service, and the US Forest Service. These and other local, state, and regional historical organizations, city governments, museums, archives, libraries, and historic sites provide opportunities for internships that allow students to connect theory and practice while making valuable and meaningful contributions to the public history community.

An integral part of the program is the public history internship, which is designed to benefit the student, host institution, and the public history program. Students work with the Public History Program Officer to identify and design an internship. Opportunities are vast and include positions in settings ranging from museums and public heritage groups to historic sites, archives, and state agencies. Interns are not to assume positions formerly held by regular employees. In every case, internships are customized to each student's interests, coursework, and career goals. Students generally spend between 120-140 hours interning with the host organization and an additional 30-40 hours completing a final paper/project designed to assist the student on the job market.

M.A. students complete the requirements of the Certificate over the course of their degree. Students wishing to concentrate on public history during their M.A. should indicate so clearly when writing their application.

Ph.D. students with public history as a minor field can take additional coursework and complete a public history internship in order to receive the Certificate in Public History.

For more detailed information on the specific course requirements necessary to complete the Certificate in Public History as part of the M.A. or Ph.D., please consult the Department's graduate handbook.

Only students enrolled in an Auburn graduate degree program or those who have completed a History M.A. at Auburn or elsewhere may seek the Certificate in Public History. If a student pursues both Public History and Archival Studies certificates, the student may NOT count courses taken for one certificate toward the other and must complete a second internship.

Students who completed the M.A. elsewhere and wish to earn the Certificate as a non-degree student must apply for admission to the certificate program and should contact the Public History Program Officer for additional details and information about application requirements.


Keith S. Hebert

Public History Program Officer
Keith S. Hebert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Department of History
Thach Hall 329
Auburn University 36849
(334) 844-4358
Email (heberks@auburn.edu)

Last Updated: November 15, 2016