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Department of History

Public History

Give yourself an edge in the job market by studying public history at the University of South Carolina. 

What makes the program at the University of South Carolina different?

As one of the oldest public history programs in the country, we've carefully perfected our program over the years. We're especially proud of:

  • Our alumni network that extends nationally. Over 200 alumni now work in a variety of institutions, agencies, and companies, large and small.
  • Winner of the Robert Kelley Memorial Award 2002
  • Winner of three Student Project Awards from the National Council on Public History
    •  2008—awarded to a student who helped to establish a gay and lesbian oral history collection at the University of South Carolina.
    • 2005—awarded to three public history students who completed the Richmond Railway Station study, a plan for the adaptive use of a train station in the North of England.
    • 2000—awarded to six students for the Kiplin Hall Conservation Plan, a management plan written for a 300-year-old English country estate, site of the South Carolina field school in the United Kingdom.


Opportunities for Intensive Study 

 There are several additional concentrations you can pursue during your graduate studies in public history. 

Our concentration in historic preservation gives you the opportunity to take courses within our department while broadening your course of study with classes in architectural history, historical archaeology, Geographic Information Systems and cultural landscapes. 

You'll also have the opportunity to take one or both field courses as an intensive study in theory and practice of historic preservation. 

Many of our students also choose to pursue a certificate program. 

If you choose a concentration in museums and material culture, you'll be able to take full advantage of the benefits of studying at a major research university. Within our department, you'll take courses on the history and theory of museums, material culture studies, and historic sites interpretation. Outside our department you'll take courses in museum administration, exhibition development, and collections management. Additionally, you'll be able to take one or both of our innovative field courses. 

Many of our students also choose to pursue an interdisciplinary graduate certificate. A designated faculty member for each of our two concentrations supervises coursework, internships, advising, and job placement: museum studies and historic preservation.


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