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Certificate in Public History

Beginning in the 2023-24 academic year, W&M graduate students will be able to complete the NIAHD Certificate in Public History, to develop their own particular publicly-oriented skills and aspirations.

Public history training benefits MA and PhD students in both practical and intellectual ways. By connecting with historians and heritage professionals beyond the academy, understanding community and public stakes in historical inquiry and interpretation, and practicing a variety of modes of teaching and writing that communicate intellectual ideas, graduate students will better realize the value of pursuing their course of study here in the Historic Triangle.

In order to attain the Graduate Certificate in Public History, graduate students will

  • take a graduate-level seminar in Public History
  • complete an internship in Public History, in coordination with NIAHD

Many students will want to complete internships over the summer; for doctoral students, this would often be in the third, fourth, or fifth year. NIAHD’s Director, Dr. Julie Richter, is available for consultation about coordinating a relevant internship.

Requests to join the Graduate Certificate in Public History may be sent to