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Public History Advanced Certificate

Public historians bring history to non-academic audiences. The College of Staten Island’s Advanced Certificate in Public History Program provides students with the practical, theoretical, intellectual, and professional knowledge required of  public historians at work today. This post-baccalaureate program is ideally suited to persons seeking to pursue or advance careers at museums, archives, archeological sites, media organizations, national parks, or other public history sites. Students complete five courses (or 20 credits in total), including an extended internship at a museum, archive, or other history institution in New York City. Seminars and internships in Public History, Museum Studies, Archival Studies, Oral History, and the History of New York are among the courses available. 

The Public History Program at the College of Staten Island invites applications from all persons with bachelor’s degrees and an enthusiasm for conveying history to public audiences. Museum docents and educators seeking further professional training in public history are encouraged to apply. Persons who are working toward or who already possess MA or Ph.D. degrees from other institutions are also welcomed. 

For information on admission requirements, see our graduate catalog 

To complete the online application,click here.


Contact Information

Susan Smith-Peter
Advanced Certificate in Public History Coordinator, and Associate Professor
Phone : 718.982.3290
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Office of Recruitment and Admissions
Graduate Admissions
Phone : 718.982.2019
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The Public History Advanced Certificate and the History MA

The Public History Advanced Certificate can be completed at the College of Staten Island as a stand-alone post-baccalaureate qualification or alongside the College’s History MA Program.

Students who complete the Public History Advanced Certificate Program by itself may subsequently choose to apply to the History MA Program at the College of Staten Island. If admitted, they will be able to complete their MA Degree by combing their existing Public History Certificate courses with four additional graduate-level history courses. 

Students enrolled in the History MA Program at the College of Staten Island automatically have the option of completing both the Public History Certificate and the History MA Degree  together by fulfilling a combined total of nine courses (or 36 credits), including a public history internship.

To find out more about the History MA Program or to return to the History MA page,  click here.

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