University Catalog 2024-2025

Public History (PhD)

Degree Requirements

Students may choose from course tracks to complete coursework within a focus area.

Degrees earned will be distributed as: "Doctor of Philosophy in Public History" without focus area track specifications.

Public History Courses21
Introduction To Public History
Internship In Public History
Historical Writing
Select a minimum of four additional 500- to 700-level courses approved in conjunction with the academic committee 1
History Courses21
Historiography and Historical Method
Colloquium in History 2
Select a minimum of three additional 500- to 700-level HI courses approved in conjunction with the academic committee
Interdisciplinary Courses6
Select a minimum of two 500- to 800-level courses from an outside discipline approved in conjunction with the academic committee
Dissertation Research Courses24
Doctoral Dissertation Seminar 3
Doctoral Dissertation Research 4
Total Hours72

Students can select a focus area track for to meet this requirement.  Focus Area tracks include: African American History, Digital History, Heritage Studies, Museum Studies and Public Memory.


HI 792 must be repeated three times to meet the minimum 9-credit requirement for the course.


Must be taken in two consecutive semesters


Minimum 22 credit hours


Full Professors

  • David R. Ambaras
  • Nishani Frazier
  • Craig T. Friend
  • Tammrah Gordon
  • Holly Hurlburt
  • Akram F. Khater
  • Traci Brynne Marante
  • Julia Rudolph
  • David Aaron Zonderman

Associate Professors

  • Katherine Mellen Charron
  • Frederico Freitas
  • Verena Kasper-Marienberg
  • Susanna M. Lee
  • Noah B. Strote

Assistant Professors

  • Kristen Alff
  • Ajamu Dillahunt
  • Frederico Freitas
  • Ebony Jones
  • Alicia McGill
  • Tate Sewell Paulette

Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Steven Lechner


  • Gwyneth Anne Thayer