Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Public History

Public History Program Photo

Public History students doing an archeological survey with Dr. Karamanski in the Cook County Forest Preserve

Public history uses the past to serve a variety of contemporary needs. It entails the application of the skills and methods of history to the study, management, preservation and interpretation of historical records and artifacts. A public historian is a professional who can put his or her knowledge and skills to use in our society in such diverse activities as museum, historical society or archival work; neighborhood or community history projects; historic preservation and cultural resource management programs; and local, state or federal research projects. Working with architects, librarians, business people, government policy analysts, exhibit designers or history enthusiasts, public historians contribute to our knowledge and understanding of the past.

The Public History Curriculum

Public historians possess the desire and ability to understand and explain past human behavior in a variety of different contexts. The three public history program options at Loyola rest upon a combination of solid historical training and skill development in applied history research.  Loyola's curriculum serves to:

  1. Introduce students to the skills necessary to successfully undertake applied research;
  2. Provide students with in-depth knowledge in a traditional field of history both to increase their knowledge about the past and acquire a sophisticated understanding of the historical process;
  3. Acquaint students with the different career options available in public history;
  4. Offer students practical experience in public history; and
  5. Expose students to the professional and ethical dimensions of public history.

Applied Coursework

  • 479 Public History Media
  • 480 Public History: Method and Theory
  • 481 Management of Historical Resources
  • 482 Archives and Records Management
  • 483 Oral History: Method and Practice
  • 487 Management of History Museums
  • 581 Practicum in Public History
  • 582 Public History Internship

For more information, visit our graduate courses page.

Public History Program Offerings

Click on any of the following links to see a detailed description of each Public History program offered by the Loyola History Department:

If you have questions or would like information about Public History opportunities at Loyola, please contact our Public History Program Director, Dr. Ted Karamanski (tkarama@luc.edu)