Public History, Graduate Certificate


Admission Requirements

  • The admissions requirements are the same as for the History master’s degree, except that neither a personal statement nor Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.
  • Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select the Public History Certificate on the application form.
  • Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website at
  • Students already enrolled in the History master’s program who wish to earn the certificate simultaneously can apply easily by submitting a Secondary Program Request form.

All materials should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions office.

Program Requirements

To earn a Certificate in Public History, students must complete 18 credit hours of relevant coursework.

Course Requirements 

Required Courses
HST 537Intro Public History3
HST 640Archives and Special Coll3
HST 680Public History Internship3
Select at least two of the following:6
US Science & Technology
Stuff and Things in History
Oral/Local History Seminar
Select one of the following:3
US Science & Technology
Stuff and Things in History
Oral/Local History Seminar
Culture through Ethnography
Population Geography
Documentary Journalism
Marketing and Management
Applied Demography
Total Credit Hours18

Certain Special Topics in the Graduate Humanities program may also be used. Students should check with the certificate administrator when selecting their courses.