A professor speaks to a group of students sitting in the film viewing room with black and white film on the screen over his shoulder.

Public History

Discover how the past engages and connects the public today.

What if you could combine your love of history with a talent for communicating with the public? As a public history major, you’ll examine areas such as public historical interpretation, preservation and oral history to understand what makes up our public history. 

The skills and knowledge developed from expert faculty, independent research, and internships, including a focus on sharing history in a digital world, create an ideal combination of a rigorous education with a liberal arts discipline. Ensuring student success, from day one.

Public history majors can go on to work at historical sites or museums, for government agencies, or in the hospitality industry, to name a few. Interested in working as a curator, archivist, preservationist or policymaker? You will graduate prepared to succeed in any of these careers or continue on to a graduate program.

History professor Peter Levy with York College students

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Contact Us
History and Political Science Department
Corey Brooks, Ph.D., Chair
Humanities Center, 101
Phone: 717.600.3869

Deb Staley, Administrative Assistant
Humanities Center, Room 100
Phone: 717.815.1349