Program Introduction

The Public History Minor was established in 2011 at Niagara University in the College of Arts and Sciences. Typically, the minor has 5-10 students enrolled each year.

Degrees Offered

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

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Business
  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical Administration
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Full-time Program Staff/Faculty

5 full-time faculty

Financial Aid Available

Career Discovery Grants of $2,500 are available for unpaid internships via the Career Services office at Niagara University.

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

The director of the public history minor has established contacts at sites in the region to aid a student in finding an internship. Students should complete at least one internship during their undergraduate studies, though it is recommended that they complete at least two internship credits. Students can earn credit for internships via two courses: HIS 493 and HIS 494. Unpaid interns have the option of applying for a Discovery grant through Career Services on campus to earn up to $2,500.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

Niagara University public history students have interned at:

  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Buffalo, NY
  • Niagara University Library Archives, Niagara Falls, NY
  • Niagara County Historical Society, Lockport, NY
  • Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY
  • Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY
  • Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, Niagara Falls, NY
  • Senator Charles Schumer’s Office, Buffalo, NY
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Office, Buffalo, NY
  • New York State Senator Robert Ortt’s Office, North Tonawanda, NY
  • Herschell Carousel Museum, North Tonawanda, NY
  • Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst, NY
  • Lewiston History Museum, Lewiston, NY
  • RIDE Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY
  • Glenn Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, NY
  • Turkish Cultural Center, Buffalo, NY

Job Placement Assistance

Niagara University's Career Services office actively works with students during their undergraduate studies and after graduation. There is no expiration date for alumni to consult with the office of Career Services.

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

  • Buffalo History Museum
  • Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village
  • Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
  • New York State Parks, Niagara Falls
  • Herschell Carrousel Museum
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

Community & Institutional Connections

  • Niagara Falls National Heritage Association
  • Niagara County Historical Society
  • Local museum sites

Degrees Offered

  • Other