Program Introduction

Established in 2012, the Public History Concentration at Wilkes University offers a B.A. in History with a concentration in public history. Located along the Susquehanna River in the heart of Wilkes-Barre’s picturesque historic district and within a block of the Luzerne County Historical Society and other historic sites, Wilkes University is an ideal place to study history and the social movements that helped shape the region and the nation. Students benefit from small classes taught by experienced faculty with specialties in material culture, economic and social history, women’s history and urban history. The university itself has re-purposed a number of historic mansions for offices, classrooms, and student housing. The area surrounding Wilkes-Barre is equally rich in historic places such as Eckley Miners Village, Shawnee Cemetery, Forty-Fort Meeting House, and Steamtown National Historic Site, to name just a few.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Film/Video
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Other

Credit Hour Requirements

120

How Many Students are Admitted Annually

BA10

Financial Aid Available

Yes. Contact the Wilkes University Financial Aid office for more details.

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged through the University's Cooperative Education & Internship office; they are generally unpaid. Six credits in internships are required for completion of the concentration.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Bishop Library, Wilkes-Barre
  • Eberhart Museum, Scranton
  • Greater Pittston Historical Society, Pittston, PA
  • Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, Wilkes-Barre
  • Shawnee Cemetery Preservation Association, Plymouth, PA
  • Wilkes University Archives

Job Placement Assistance

Career Planning Services and Job Fairs

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

Program is one year old. History graduates from Wilkes have previously found employment as archivists and librarians.