Program Introduction

Launched in 2015, Gettysburg College’s Public History minor is focused on the politics and practice of preservation and interpretation, in public settings and in conversation with public audiences. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides students rich perspectives on the complex relationship between cultural practices, historical narratives, and material objects, and includes substantial emphasis on field education and hands-on work. Gettysburg College’s historic location, well-established partnerships with a wide range of museums and historical organizations, and commitment to experiential education provide a solid foundation for the minor. Approximately 5-10 students are on track to graduate with the minor each year.

Degrees Offered

  • Other
  • Public History Minor

Program Strengths

  • Historic Preservation
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements

6 Gettysburg College credit hours (equivalent of 18 credit hours at most institutions)

How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

Scholarships, loans, internships

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged by students in consultation with program directors. In order to receive approval, internships must be a minimum of 160 hours, include clear outcomes, and provide the student a meaningful opportunity for professional development. Internships may be paid or unpaid. Students are encouraged to consider applying for a stipendiary summer position through the Civil War Institute’s Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program. Established in 2011, the Pohanka program offers Gettysburg College students a special opportunity to do paid work on the frontlines of history, giving public tours of iconic historic sites, leading children’s programs, gaining hands-on experience with original artifacts, creating multimedia products, and conducting independent research.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives
  • Old Sturbridge Village
  • Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park
  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Seminary Ridge Museum
  • Women’s Rights National Historical Park
  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
  • Monocacy National Battlefield
  • National Civil War Museum
  • Virginia Museum of the Civil War
  • Special Collections & Archives, Musselman Library

Job Placement Assistance

Networking Opportunities

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

Just established in 2015