Public History

Bachelor of Arts

Public historians provide an educational passage to the past. Whether you want to work in classrooms, museums, historical sites, libraries, government or business, the Public History program offers valuable insights into how to turn your passion for history into a rewarding career.

Program Overview

Share your passion for history with your community.

The Public History emphasis will introduce you to the associated fields of historic preservation, archival sciences, museum curatorship and oral history while being supported by academic historical content courses. Through intensive coursework, you’ll expand your historical knowledge and develop practical field skills through supporting courses in Anthropology, Communication Arts, Environment & Sustainability and Recreation & Outdoor Education. In your senior year, you’ll gain hands-on experience in the field studying the role of commemoration and memory at historical locations, such as the Sand Creek Massacre and Bent’s Old Fort national historical sites. Upon graduation, you’ll have the knowledge and experience needed to begin your career as a teacher, museum archivist, historical tour guide or entrepreneur.

Historical knowledge

Public Historian students learn to bring our most important insights about the past to people of all ages outside of specialized academic settings through their work in classrooms, museums, historical sites, libraries, government and business.


Code Title Credits Description
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 View
ANTH 107 Introduction to General Anthropology (GT-SS3) 3 View
ANTH 219 Archaeology (with laboratory) 4 View
ANTH 230 Cultural Anthropology (with laboratory) 4 View
ANTH 344 Indians of North America 3 View
ANTH 467 Ethnography Field School 4 View
ART 222 Art History I 3 View
ART 223 Art History II 3 View
ART 321 American Art: Colonial to Modern 3 View
ART 422 Native American Art of North America 3 View
BUAD 185 Business Communication 3 View
BUAD 210 Legal Environment of Business 3 View
BUAD 270 Principles of Marketing 3 View
BUAD 275 Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Mindset (ICE: Mindset) 3 View
BUAD 300 Business Ethics 3 View
COM 205 Communication Arts I 3 View
COM 231 Technical Production I 4 View
COM 305 Communication Arts II 3 View
COM 323 Media/ Arts Management 3 View
COM 346 Multimedia Communication 3 View
CS 120 Professional Computer Skills 3 View
CS 160 Introduction to Web Design 3 View
ENVS 100 Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2) 3 View
GEOG 120 Introduction to Human Geography (GT-SS2) 3 View
GEOG 222 Our Digital Earth 3 View
POLS 282 Issues in State and Local Government 3 View
ROE 230 Interpretation of Natural and Cultural History 3 View
ROE 235 Foundations of Teaching Environmental Education 3 View


Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.


Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

Western’s MGES program welcomes new director

Western’s MGES program welcomes new director

Read More
Western adding new minors, emphases to curriculum for 2018-19

Western adding new minors, emphases to curriculum for 2018-19

Read More

Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Field Experience: Seniors travel to historical locations, such as the Sand Creek Massacre and Bent’s Old Fort national historical sites to study the role of commemoration and memory.
  • History Honor Society: Join Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, one of Western’s oldest academic honor societies.
  • History League: Sponsors activities including a book club and catapult construction.
  • Internships: Land an internship with the Crested Butte Heritage Museum.
  • Study Abroad: Travel to India, Ecuador, Prague, London, Italy or Belize through Extended Studies.

History buffs

The Public History emphasis is built on a core of History courses, which introduce students to the associated fields of historic preservation, archival sciences, museum curatorship and oral history while being supported by academic historical content courses.

Department Chairperson

Greg Haase, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, Department Chair of Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

Contact Information



Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Kelley Hall 240
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231