Program Introduction

Niagara University's Public History Minor was introduced in 2011 and has seen ten students graduate with the minor. Admission is on a rolling basis, and students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The program also works with the campus museum—The Castellani Art Museum— and its staff, who supervise the Museum Studies Minor.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in History
  • B.A. in History with a Certificate or Concentration in Public History
  • Other
  • Public History Minor

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Business
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Philanthropic studies

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually



Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

A student may earn 3 credit hours for 120 hours of internship per
semester. Interns must sign a contract of work with their site supervisor and their university program advisor. Internships are typically unpaid.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
• Old Fort Niagara
• Carnegie Science Center, U.S.S. Requin
• NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture
• FBI (Buffalo Office)
• Niagara Falls Public Library
• Offices of Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillebrand
• The Penney Collection at the Burchfield-Penney Art Museum
• Castellani Art Museum
• Jaffarya Islamic Center of Buffalo
• Niagara University Library

Job Placement Assistance

The program advisor for the Public History Program actively places interns at local history sites in the Niagara Falls-Buffalo region, but also encourages students to work in their hometowns over summer break.

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

• Karpeles Manuscript Archives of Buffalo
• Old Fort Niagara
• Phoenix Art Museum
• U.S. Military
• Border Patrol
• Elementary and Secondary Education Institutions in the Niagara Falls-Buffalo Region

Degrees Offered

  • Other