Program Introduction

The department has one of the most complete and successful programs in the state for undergraduates interested in museums, historic sites, archives, documentary editing and historic preservation. Students have studied aspects of Public History at Meredith College since the 1940s. Built around the public history minor and internships at the numerous sites in the immediate area, it prepares students for entry-level positions in the field or for graduate
study. Our placement record remains noteworthy, with graduates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Archives, at the N.C. Museum of History, at Historic Mordecai, at Duke Homestead, and in many offices of the N.C. Division of Archives and History.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in History
  • Public History Minor

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements

19 to 21

How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

All minors must complete a community internship experience for academic course credit. An internship will help each student to clarify her career choices, to gain valuable skills and establish important contacts, and to secure employment after graduation. Consult departmental advisors for help in making a good choice among the many possibilities available in the immediate area. Recent internships have been at sites such as the N.C. Museum of History, N.C. Supreme Court, N.C. Assembly, Historic Oak View, Duke Homestead, State of N.C. Archives, and a variety of local law firms and public advocacy offices.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • N.C. Museum of History
  • N.C. Museum of Art
  • State of N.C. Archives
  • Historic Stagville
  • Yates Mill Pond County Park
  • Executive Mansion of N.C.
  • City of Raleigh Museum

Job Placement Assistance

Career Planning at Meredith starts your first year and with resources through the Office of Career Planning, which include assistance with selecting a major, assessing skills and talents, securing internships, and participating in mock interviews, you will turn those career plans into reality.