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History & Anthropology

Public History Minor

Parker homestead sorting 2017

The Department of History and Anthropology is pleased to announce a public history minor, debuting for the 2017-2018 academic year.

What is public history, you might ask? The National Council on Public History says, “Public history describes the many and diverse ways in which history is put to work in the world. In this sense, it is history that is applied to real-world issues. In fact, applied history was a term used synonymously and interchangeably with public history for a number of years.”

Need for the Program

Some Department of History and Anthropology students intend to teach at the k-12 level, some intend to continue on for their PhDs. An increasing number of our students, though, will seek employment at public history sites-as cultural resources managers, preservationists, archivists, curators, oral historians, historic site interpreters, corporate researchers, and more. A minor in public history would give these students some much needed preparation to “do” history outside the classroom. It will prepare them for “life after Monmouth.”

Springsteen archive 2017Connection to Monmouth’s Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan tasks us with providing intellectually challenging and rigorous academic experiences that are both high impact and immersive, while preparing students for life after Monmouth. All of the courses included in the minor do this, with many of them allowing students to partner with local public history sites for applied learning experiences that will give them concrete skills and shine on their resumes. Need some examples?

Our Fall 2015 and Fall 2017 Oral History students transcribed and summarized oral history interviews for the National Guard Militia Museum of NJ (a Library of Congress affiliate), and conducted, transcribed, and summarized oral history interviews for the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program.

artifact case 2017Our Fall 2016 Introduction to Public History students transcribed and summarized oral history interviews and digitized archival documents for the
Bruce Springsteen Special Collection and Archive.

Our Spring 2017 Museums and Archives Management class mounted a crowdsourced WWI exhibit to mark the centennial of America’s entry into the Great War.

In the Spring of 2018, our Introduction to Public History class created a libguide for the collection of noted Jersey Shore historian George Moss.

Our Fall 2018 Museums and Archives Management class mounted an exhibit at the University Library, using the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University. (The public history program is fortunate to have this tremendous resource on campus.)

In the Spring of 2019, our Exploring History and Heritage Sites class pursued digital history, and created over two dozen entries on Clio, “an educational website and mobile application that guides the public to thousands of historical and cultural sites throughout the United States.”

Students generally expect their mastery of new subject matter to be assessed via tests. In the public history minor, they will apply their knowledge to real world projects, truly transforming them from students to public historians and leaving them better prepared for life after Monmouth.

Minor Course Requirements

The minor consists of 15 credits. Required courses are HS 212: Introduction to Public History; HS 312: Oral History; and HS 317: Museum and Archives Management Basics. Students also select 6 credits from the list below:

  Museum Archives class 2017Course List

  • AN 107 Introduction to Archaeology
  • AN 266 Historical Archaeology
  • AN/GO 267 Tourism around the World
  • AN/HS 304 Monuments and Commemoration: Loss and Remembrance
  • AN/HS 315 Field Research in Archaeology
  • AN 377 Archaeology of African American Life
  • AN 390 Archaeology Field Study
  • GIS 224 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • HS 314 Exploring History and Heritage Sites
  • HS 489 History Internship

Supervision of Program

Specialist Professor of Public History Melissa Ziobro coordinates the public history minor under the supervision of the Department Chair, Dr. Chris DeRosa.

Ziobro and students