Program Introduction

Established in 2011, Northern State University has the oldest public history program in South Dakota. The program offers a 12-credit Certificate in Public History and an 18-credit Public History minor. Public history courses are offered online every semester and approximately 110 students from six colleges and universities have taken these classes. Fourteen students have earned public history certificates and minors. Six of these students also completed paid internships in public history. Students from all majors are welcome although most come from BA programs in History, Chemistry/Forensics, Geography, and Art and BS programs in Business and Marketing.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

Wolf PACT Scholarships
South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships
Special tuition rates for students from MN, ND, IA, and WICHE States (WA, OR, CA, ID, MT, NV, AZ, UT, WY, CO, NM, AK, and HI)

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

An internship is required for the Public History Minor. No internship is required for the Public History Certificate.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • South Dakota State Historical Society
  • South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
  • Fort Sissteton State Park
  • Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Hot Springs, SD
  • Aberdeen Community Theater
  • Dakotah Prairie Museum

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

  • South Dakota State Historical Society
  • Aberdeen Community Theater
  • Fort Sisseton State Park
  • South Dakota Bureau of Personnel
  • Scurry County Museum (TX)