Want to share your passion for history with the world?

The specialization or minor in public history will allow you to transform that passion into a rewarding career.

You'll explore the complex issues related to the role of history in the public arena. You'll develop professional skills and practical experience. And you'll do it in Boston, surrounded by landmarks of American history and steps from world-renowned museums and archives.

Our students take positions at places like historic sites, museums, and libraries that bring the past to a general audience. They work as researchers, publicists, filmmakers, web designers, and archivists who preserve and present history to the public.
Program Requirements

Our students come from history or other major fields like art history, arts administration, communications, English, political science, education and film studies.

Public history minors are required to take 5 history courses:

  • One course at the introductory level
  • One elective at any level
  • HIST 252 History and Material Culture
  • HIST 253 Boston's Past: Introduction to Public History
  • HIST 370 Internship
Internships and Research

Internships and research are central to our program. You'll gain practical experience while refining your focus and making connections with leaders in the field. Internships may take place in film or television studios, or in some of the Greater Boston Area's museums, archives, historic buildings and other historical sites. Recent internship sites include:

  • Plimoth Plantation
  • The Paul Revere House
  • The Simmons College Archives
  • The African Meeting House
  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Career Opportunities for Graduates

  • Researcher, interpreter, or publicist at an historic house.
  • Public relations work for a museum or historic site such as the Old South Meeting House, the Black Heritage Trail, or the Women's Heritage Trail in Boston.
  • Developing websites or films about sites such as the sloop Adventure in Gloucester and Lowell Industrial Park.
Faculty
    Laura Prieto
    • Laura Prieto
    • Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Department Chair of History
    • Phone: 617-521-2253
    • Office: C319F
    Stephen Berry
    • Stephen Berry
    • Associate Professor of History
    • Phone: 617-521-2272
    • Office: C319C
    Sarah Leonard
    • Sarah Leonard
    • Associate Professor of History
    • Phone: 617-521-2254
    • Office: C319D
    Zhigang Liu
    • Zhigang Liu
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2238
    • Office: C319B
    Steve Ortega
    • Stephen Ortega
    • Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in History/Archives Management
    • Phone: 617-521-2251
    • Office: C319E
How to Apply
So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.