Program Introduction

Launched in 2015, Gettysburg College’s interdisciplinary Public History minor provides students rich perspectives on the 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 and well-established partnerships with a wide range of museums and historical organizations provide students unique opportunities to engage in hands-on learning and garner substantial practical experience in the field. Minors are assigned professional mentors and have the opportunity to participate in a paid internship program. Approximately sixty students have graduated from the program, with a current average of 8-10 per year.

Degrees Offered

  • Public History Minor

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Film/Video
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements

6.00 Gettysburg College credit hours (equivalent of 18.00 credit hours at most institutions)

How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Full-time Program Staff/Faculty

This interdisciplinary minor is helmed by a ten-person Advisory Committee representing a wide range of departments and disciplines.

Financial Aid Available

Scholarships, loans, internships

Deadline To Apply

January 15

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged by students in consultation with program directors and include a required academic component that earns students 1.00 credit hour (the equivalent of 4.00 credits in most institutions). 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
  • National Air & Space Museum
  • Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
  • Women’s Rights National Historical Park
  • National Museum of Civil War Medicine
  • Richard Grubb & Associates

Job Placement Assistance

Career counseling, funded internships, networking opportunities, guidance on graduate programs and job searches, etc. Beginning in 2022, all Public History minors have been assigned a professional mentor in the field who is available to the student for advice and counsel.

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

  • National Park Service
  • House of the Seven Gables
  • American Battlefield Trust
  • Jewish Museum of Maryland
  • West Hartford Public Schools
  • Pamplin Historical Park
  • Suffolk County Historical Society
  • New Jersey State Parks
  • Palisades Interstate Park
  • The Phillips Collection

Community & Institutional Connections