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Public History and Museum Studies

Program(s) Available: Minor

If you are interested in historic preservation, cultural resource management, museums, libraries or archives, a minor in public history and museum studies may be for you! 

Why Study Public History and Museum Studies at Northwest

A minor in public history and museum studies exposes students to 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.

Not sure which major to pair with this minor? Majors in history, political science, public administration, business management, art and music are just a few of the possibilities. To learn more, view our Academic Catalog. 

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Profession-based Learning

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.

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, an art gallery and rotating exhibit space, several science museums, and more. These locations provide students the ability to complete internships and find paid employment on campus.

Campus Museums

Community Partners

Public history and museum studies classes regularly partner with the Nodaway County Historical Society and the Maryville Public Library providing students real world project experience. Students have also worked with Maryville Public Safety, Maryville Parks & Recreation, and other institutions in the region on research, archival, and exhibit projects. 

Community Partners

Real-world projects

Our students have created websites, lesson plans, oral history projects, and National Register of Historic Places nominations for community partners.

Real-world projects
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