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Public History

The major requires 51 credits in selected history courses, including a nine-credit internship. The Public History program prepares students for employment in fields such as archives and museums, historic preservation, and the National Park Service. For more details regarding the courses available, refer to the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies web site.

Major Requirements

Major: Public History

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Degree Requirements                                                                            

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree – The completion of a minor program of study, a second major, or a second degree is required.                                                                            

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree – Second year language proficiency at college level required.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences College Requirements

An additional 9 credits are required by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for all Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs of study, except the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the Bachelor of Music degree, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, and the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree:

AH&SS College Requirements
Courses used to satisfy any general education requirement cannot be used to also count toward the AH&SS College Requirements. A minimum of three credits is required in each of the 3 following areas for a total of 9 credits. Choose only those courses with the prefixes listed for each area. A course with the WGS prefix can only be used in one area.
Area One: Humanities3
Area Two: Social Sciences3
Area Three: Fine Arts3
Total Credits9

Major Requirements

Note: Thirty-three (33) credits of the major must be taken in residence at NDSU.

Public History Major Requirements
Select one history survey course from the following:3
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
U.S. to 1877
U.S. Since 1877
HIST 251Introduction To Public History3
HIST 252Introduction to Museum Work3
HIST 352Museum Collections Management3
HIST 390Historical Research and Writing3
HIST 401Archival Theory and Practice3
HIST 403Archival Preservation3
HIST 404Digital History3
HIST 415Public Memory and Memorialization in America3
HIST 489Senior Seminar (Capstone)3
HIST 496Field Experience (Approved Internship)9
Distribution Requirement: Minimum credit required for each distribution area.
U.S. History: Select 6 credits from the following:6
New Religious Movements
Religion and Politics
Public Memory and Memorialization in America
Colonial American History
U.S. History 1829-1917 I
U.S. History 1829-1917 II
U.S. History 1917-Present I
U.S. History 1917-Present II
War and Society in Early America
The North American Plains
Environmental History
American Frontier to 1850
American West Since 1850
Non U.S. History: Select 6 credits from the following:6
History of Christianity (May satisfy general education category A and G)
History of Global Islam
Australia & New Zealand
The Ottoman Empire
Ancient History
Medieval History
Renaissance And Reformation
The Eighteenth Century
Europe 1815-1914
Europe Since 1914
Imperial Spain
Germany since 1750
History Of Russia II
Modern Latin America I
Modern Latin America II
Colonial Mexico
Modern Mexico
Slavery in the Atlantic World
History of Modern China from 1600
History of Japan
Vietnam: 125 Years of Conflict
Cultures and Civilizations of the Pre-modern World
Cultural Exchange and the Making of the Modern World
Total Credits51