Public History/Museum Studies
What we offer
The Public History Minor exposes students to the techniques and practices that will allow graduates to work in museums, for the National Park Service, for state historical societies, or in other public history careers.
Students have the opportunity to choose between the managerial track, which prepares them to operate the business side of a museum, and the curatorial track, which prepares them to work with historical collections and teaches the techniques of creating exhibits.
Professor Ray Schuck, the primary instructor for the minor, spent over twenty years as the Director of the Allen County Museum in Lima, OH, and has extensive field experience in archaeology, both in the United States and abroad.
Faculty research and teaching interests include Material Culture, Popular Music, Sport History, Oral History, and Archaeology.
As part of this minor, students complete a Public Service Internship working in a museum, at a state historical society, or the like. Recent students have interned with the North Dakota Historical Society, the Erie (PA) County Historical Society, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Professor Schuck takes students to the Metzger Nature Center (pictured above) for the Archeology Field School, part of the Public History and Museum Studies Minor. This is a first class facility that includes classrooms, accommodations, and prepared meals for 10-15 students.