Public History - History in action photoPublic history is a field of study that applies historical methods to the public sphere. 

The Public History and Preservation program is offered as either a major or minor specialty of a master's degree. Students can choose to concentrate in museum studies or historic preservation. ​

Students with a major field in public history must complete a thesis or project. Public history majors can minor in any subspecialty the department currently offers.

Students majoring in U.S., European, or Global history can also minor in public history. In conjunction with the College of Architecture and Planning, an 18-hour graduate certificate program in historic preservation is also available.