Program Introduction

Established in the 1990s, the Public History & Museum Studies minor at Northwest has approximately 10 students in any given year. Students in the program complete work in the history program, public administration program, and various related programs across campus, including business and art. Internships and practicum courses play an integral part of the degree, and students work closely with the University Archives at Northwest and with the Nodaway County Historical Society. Approximately 3-4 students graduate with the minor annually, and students have gone on to graduate programs at UNC Greensboro, Middle Tennessee State University, St. Cloud State University, and the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in History
  • Public History Minor

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


Financial Aid Available

In-State Status

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged by the Program Director and by the individual students. To complete the degree, students must take 5 credit hours (45 working hours per credit hour) of internships. Two credits are with the University Archives at Northwest, and three credits are at an institution of the student's choosing. It is possible to take additional internship credit hours if a student so desires.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Nodaway County Historical Society Museum in Missouri
  • St. Joseph Museums in Missouri
  • Tacoma Children’s Museum in Washington
  • Missouri State Legislature
  • Remington Nature Center in Missouri
  • Maryville Parks & Recreation in Missouri
  • Truman Library and Museum in Missouri

Job Placement Assistance

An active Facebook page posts jobs, internships, workshops, and other relevant articles and information daily for current and former students. The program also provides a Cover Letter and Resume Writing Workshop each semester.

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

  • Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kansas
  • St. Joseph Museums in St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Prairie Fire Museum in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Muskogee War Memorial Park in Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • St. Louis Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Bannack State Park in Montana