You can download the Public History requirements worksheet and keep track of your progress on your own. Please be advised that a worksheet will also be used in your file in the main department office.
Public History requirements worksheet (editable and saveable electronic form)
1. METHODOLOGY: All students are required to enroll in Introduction to the Intro to Graduate Study of History (HIST 699). Students beginning in the fall will enroll in this course in their first semester. Students entering the program in the spring will take this course the next semester. Students who fail to earn at least a grade of "B" in this course must repeat it. Failure to attain a grade of "B" on the second attempt will result in the student's dismissal from the program.
Students are required to take Commemoration and Preservation (HIST 627) towards the end of their program. This course is offered every fall. Students must have completed both of their professional courses and, preferably, at least one internship before enrolling in the class.
2. PROFESSIONAL COURSES: Students must take at least two of the three professional courses: Archival Studies (HIST 524), Museum Studies (HIST 525), and Historical Editing (HIST 526). These courses are designed to introduce students to the basic practices of Public History institutions.
3. INTERNSHIPS: Students perform from 125 to 150 hours of professional work at archives, museums, and historical societies. Students are expected to take two internships in the fields in which they have taken courses. While they may choose to take a third professional course as an elective, they may not take three internships. The second internship may be optional in the following circumstances: A student may petition to waive the second internship due to previous substantial experience in the field and/or due to a desire for more coursework. The director of the program and the chair of the department must approve the waiver. An internship may also be denied a student if that student does not plan for it in an appropriate and timely manner.
Students who wish to do an internship in the spring or summer terms must discuss their plans with the faculty member who teaches the appropriate professional course or supervises interns in a specific field at least eight weeks before the end of the previous term. The recommended deadlines for initiating internship plans are 15 October for the spring term and 15 February for the summer. As supervisors have more time in the summer to establish fall positions, the recommended deadline for initiating fall internships is 1 May.
Students should note that the Department is to arrange internships, not the student. Students may (indeed, are encouraged) to apply for external internships at recognized historical institutions outside the Pittsburgh area, but they must discuss these applications with the director of the Public History program before applying.
4. AMERICAN HISTORY COURSES: Public History students are required to take at least one period course in American History. The Department strongly suggests that students take more than one period course.
5. ELECTIVES: Students take at least four elective courses to complete their program, one of which may be the third professional course.