Program Introduction

At Longwood University, we provide a faculty with experience in numerous public history fields: archival administration, museum work, archeology, historic preservation, and art history. Our students gain a firm foundation in history while also pursuing courses in archaeology, art history, and web design. Students concentrating in public history also complete a three-credit, 120-hour internship, ensuring them practical, real world experience that prepares them for the job market.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Internship Requirements

Required. Internships are arranged by one of the three professors within the department who teach in the public history program. Internships are worth between 3-12 credit hours.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Smithsonian Institution
• Library of Congress
• Museum of the Confederacy
• Loudon Historical Museum
• Montpelier Restoration Project
• Mount Vernon
• Appomattox Battlefield
• Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefield
• Petersburg Battlefield
• Jamestown
• Yorktown
• Museum of the Shenandoah
• Chrysler Museum
• Robert R. Moton Museum
• Dillwyn Museum
• Sandusky Plantation
• Village View Plantation

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

• Museum of the Confederacy
• Appomattox Battlefield
• Library of Congress
• Mount Vernon Association
• Lynchburg Museum
• Valentine Museum