Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Public History Portfolio

Public History Portfolios: Putting it All Together.

The public history portfolio plays a key role in the oral exam that caps the public history program. Hence the question of what should go into your portfolio is necessarily an important one. What follows are a few features that go into a strong portfolio.

  1. The portfolio is made up of a current resume and examples of all your public history class products.
  2. The resume should reflect all your professional experience including internships, volunteer or paid employments in the field, as well as class projects with genuine clients. Client directed class projects should NOT be listed as “schoolwork” but rather as you working for the client. So, for example if your museum class worked on an exhibit for the Frances Willard House, list the work as being done for the Willard House NOT History 487.
  3. Among the public history work in the portfolio the most important is your internship report. Also included would be your tour done for History 480, an Oral History if you took History 483, project work for Management of History Museums and Management of Historic Resources. If in the case of these latter two classes, you are taking your exam before the final product is finished include to the extent possible a draft. After the semester e-mail the Graduate Program Assistant a version of the portfolio with the final products, as a single PDF.
  4. Bring to the oral exam two copies of the portfolio. Usually these are bound in some way (spiral, notebook binder, or clasp) with an attractive cover. You will keep one copy the other stays with the department for program assessment purposes. Under COVID protocols the exam is conducted via Zoom and the portfolios are presented as a PDF attachment.

If you have any questions regarding your portfolio or the public history exam direct them to Dr. Ted Karamanski (tkarama@luc.edu).