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
  • Public History Minor

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Business
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical Administration
  • Library Science Program
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements

15 credits

How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Students interested in gaining university credit for an internship, and/or also to find a suitable internship should contact Dr. Shannon Risk. The Department of History offers two courses for student internships in history, HIS 493 and HIS 494. Students complete 120 hours in one semester at a host site, plus a ten-page reflection paper for three credit hours. Most internships are unpaid.

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

In the course, HIS 204-A--Introduction to Public History, students complete a unit requiring research into professions in public history, interviewing skills, graduate school program searches, and resume construction. Students are also matched with Career Services on the Niagara University campus.

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

  • Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
  • Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Museum
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
  • Steel Plant Museum
  • Herschell Carousel Museum

Degrees Offered

  • Other