Certificate in Public History

Public History is a growing field that focuses on the practical application of academic knowledge through museums, federal and state historic sites, media productions, the Internet, popular publishing, and other public venues. These programs provide an alternative career path to traditional teaching and have become increasingly popular during the struggling academic job market of the last decade.

The Department of History at Georgia Southern University is adding a Graduate Certificate in Public History to its existing Master of Arts program beginning in Fall 2013. In addition to currently enrolled students, the certificate will be offered as a credential to qualified individuals holding a bachelor’s degree who are not pursuing an advanced degree.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Michael S. Van Wagenen
Program Coordinator
Email: mvanwagenenh@georgiasouthern.edu
Phone: (912) 478-5466

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Regular Admission Requirements
1. Completed requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
2. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in history and no grade in history lower than a “C.”
3. An undergraduate major in history. Students with majors in other fields of study are given equal consideration for admission providing they either have (a) 3 years of history-related professional work experience OR (b) at least 15 semester hours (or the quarter-system equivalent) of history (at least 12 hours at the upper-division level and a total of 30 hours in the social sciences and humanities).
4. Two letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study.

5. A statement of purpose (approximately 250 words) outlining the applicant’s interest in graduate study in history.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service (www.naces.org)

Provisional Admission:Non-traditional students and applicants not meeting the above requirements may be considered for Provisional (probationary) admission as determined on a case-by-case basis.
Certificate in Public History
Fall Spring Summer
Final Deadline  
June 1*
July 1*
October 1*
November 15*
February 2*
April 1*

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 10/12/2017

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