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Public History and Museum Studies

A minor in public history and museum studies

A minor in public history and museum studies prepares students for employment in the areas of historic preservation, cultural resource management, museums, and libraries and archives. Students learn techniques in photo editing software, historic preservation and the national registry, oral history transcription, exhibit design, and collection policies. With this minor, students are prepared for entry-level work in these fields and receive a strong theoretical grounding in public history and museum studies concepts, along with hands-on experience, that prepares them well for graduate school.

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Profession-based Learning Experiences

A central tenant of the minor in public history and museum studies is combining a theoretical grounding in the various fields under public history and museum studies with real-world, profession-based learning. Students in this program complete hands-on projects in class but they also work closely with community partners to undertake professional projects that are made available to the public.


Students gain hands-on profession-based learning through practicum classes and internships. In the minor, students participate in two internships. The first is at the University Archives on the Northwest campus, and the second is the student's preference. Past internships have been completed at sites like the Museum of Danish America (Elk Horn, IA), the Remington Nature Center (St. Joseph, MO), the Children's Museum (Lincoln, NE). Internships and job postings, along with conference announcements, graduate school programs, and relevant news articles, are sent regularly to our students to keep them comprised of opportunities.

Public History Lab

A unique component of Northwest's public history and museum studies program is our state-of-the-art Public History Lab at Northwest. This lab consists of two dry mount presses and a large format printer where students create professional museum exhibits. Few graduate programs have access like this, and students early in our program get to work in this facility.

Public History Lab

Campus Museums

The Northwest campus includes a number of small museums, including the Jean Jennings Bartik Computing Museum, the Warren Stucki Museum of Broadcasting, a permanent art gallery and rotating exhibit space, several science museums, and more. These locations provide our students from different majors and museum interests, ranging from art museums to science museums, the ability to complete internships on campus and find paid employment as our museum attendant. Students in that position have gained experienced installing exhibits, cataloguing objects, designing lesson plans, and giving tours.

Campus Museums

Community Partners

Public history and museum studies classes regularly partner with the Nodaway County Historical Society and the Maryville Public Library, which provides students with important, real world project experience and also provides. Students also have worked with Maryville Public Safety, Maryville Parks & Recreation, and other institutions in the region on research, archival, and exhibit projects. Our students also have created websites, lesson plans, oral history projects, and National Register of Historic Places nominations for community partners.

Community Partners

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