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Public History

It is because of Public History that Longwood's Colonnades and beloved Rotunda are able to be renovated and restored. Public History incorporates archival administration, museum work, historical editing, archeology, historic preservation, national park service work, and art history among others, to provide majors with knowledge to discover various fields of interest. Through the application and practice of history and its various aspects, Longwood's Public History majors have many opportunities for job placement post-graduation. Knowledge of the past enables individuals to develop pride and appreciation for the accomplishments of others. Public History majors use their knowledge of past political, social, and economical problems to present to the public and preserve history for the future.

Thomas Jefferson- "History, by appraising. ..[the students] of the past, will enable them to judge of the future.

Career Fields associated with Public History Majors:

  • Anthropologist
  • Freelance Writer
  • Paralegal Assistant
  • Archaeologist
  • Genealogist
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Architectural Historian
  • Gerontologist
  • Political Scientist
  • Archivist
  • Historian Psychologist
  • Biographer
  • Journalist
  • Research Assistant
  • Public Administrator
  • Judge
  • Research Library Assistant
  • Curator
  • Lawyer
  • Sociologist
  • Economist
  • Lecturer
  • Technical Writer
  • Educator
  • Librarian
  • Urban Administrator
  • FBI/CIA agent
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Writer
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Newspaper Reporter
  • Foreign Service Officer
 

Related Skills:

  • Ability to identify and evaluate records of past events, ideas, and facts accurately
  • Intellectual capacity to perform well in most undergraduate and graduate curriculums
  • Proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and speaking
  • Proficiency for accurate details
  • Ability to make keen observations, solve problems, and make appropriate decisions
  • Ability to conduct and clearly explain scientific research
  • Ability to collect and/or organize important historical data
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Ability to relate history to the public in various fields

Personal attributes associated with Public History:

  • Appreciation for past events
  • Independence
  • Intellectual Growth
  • Recognition
  • Analytical Mind
  • Strong interest in reading and writing
  • Continuous desire to study and research the past
  • Objectivity
  • Curiosity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reflective nature
  • Integrity

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.