Certificate in Public History

Certificate Requirements: 18 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to obtain the Certificate in Public History need not be enrolled in the M.A. in History program but must still apply and be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies.


Applicants seeking admission to the Certificate in Public History must have:

  1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting associations.
  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 or the equivalent in history. Students with majors in other fields of study are given equal consideration for admission providing they either have
    1. three years of history-related professional work experience OR
    2. at least 15 credits (or quarter-system equivalent) of history (at least 12 credits at the upper division level and a total of 30 credits 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 public history.


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.

Program of Study

Credit Hours
Required Courses
Research Prospectus
Graduate Seminar in Public History
Professional Internship in Public History 1
Non-Thesis Project in Public History 2
Electives in Public History 3
Total Credit Hours18

Other Program Requirements

  • Students enrolled in the M.A. in History program must complete the requirements for either the Thesis or Non-Thesis option as listed on the M.A. in History program pages.


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page.

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)
Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu