Program Introduction

Northern Virginia Community College offers the Public History and Historic Preservation Career Studies Certificate at the Loudoun campus in Sterling, VA. The program was originally developed in 1995 and designed to provide an introduction into the field for students to find entry level job or volunteer positions with historical sites and/or organizations in Northern Virginia. For students who did decided that they wanted to transfer to an undergraduate program to pursue their studies, Mary Washington University (Fredericksburg, VA) offered support for our program and helped to establish the transferability of some courses. For the past seven years, the program has graduated, on average, four students annually.

Degrees Offered

  • Other

Program Strengths

  • Digital Media
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually




MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

Financial aid and in-state tuition status.

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

History 190 - Coordinated Internship, a three credit hour course, is a core requirement of the certificate program. Field work and professional internships are vital components of our program, and our students receive a genuinely “hands-on” introduction to public history and historic preservation. The program has partnered with local historical organizations and agencies to provide learning pathways for students.

Job Placement Assistance

Our internship offers a pathway for potential opportunities, transferability to other in-state institutions, such as Mary Washington University, to continue their education, and partnerships with our Advisory Council to provide guidance and assistance.

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

From what we have been able to determine, our program graduates in the last ten years have found positions such as these

  • Private archive research/genealogical business
  • Independent historical consulting
  • Historic Alexandria
  • Weems Bott Museum
  • Fairfax County History Commission
  • Architectural conservator Mount Vernon
  • Manassas museum
  • Oatlands Plantation
  • Purcellville Historical society