Public History

The Public History concentration within UNC Charlotte’s graduate history program offers students a unique combination of courses, as well as opportunities to learn new skills. In addition to our core courses in digital history, historic preservation and museum studies, students may also take electives in other programs such as Public Policy, Architecture, and Public Administration. The program’s new media emphasis helps students consider how new media can transform the public presentation of history while learning the digital skills to craft multimedia presentations of their work. It allows students interested in a variety of historical fields to create public history projects. Public historians with digital skills are competitive in the public history job market; moreover, the combination of traditional history training with these skills offers graduates a variety of alternative career choices in, for example, web development, public relations, and business. (Note: Students are not expected to have new media expertise upon entering the program.)


Dr. Karen Cox will offer a public history elective on Heritage Tourism in Spring 2017.

The Public History Lab is equipped with new Zoom H4n portable digital recorders, multiple cameras, Final Cut Pro X, Sony Sound Forge and Camtasia as well as additional software and hardware.