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HIST696 - Practicum in Applied History

Course Details

Course Code: HIST696 Course ID: 3974 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

The experiential or practical component of the course aims to apply learning in an aspect of interest related to the degree and concentration in Public History. It is understood to be a supervised practicum that requires approval by APUS before entering into the relationship with the organization. The selection of an organization or site for the practicum must relate to the content of the student’s course work and/or concentration. Goals of the applied practicum and integration seminar will be submitted by the student for approval using an application for approval to the Faculty member, Program Director and Dean of the School, Arts and Humanities. The organization will serve as an opportunity to experience the practice of an area of management related to the focus of the student’s degree. Practicum courses are NOT included in the university retake policy. All grades for any attempts will appear on transcript and will be calculated in GPA

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/29/22 - 09/02/22 09/05/22 - 12/25/22 Summer 2022 Session C 16 Week session
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 01/22/23 Fall 2022 Session A 16 Week session
05/21/22 - 11/04/22 11/07/22 - 02/26/23 Fall 2022 Session K 16 Week session
06/28/22 - 12/02/22 12/05/22 - 03/26/23 Fall 2022 Session C 16 Week session
07/25/22 - 12/30/22 01/02/23 - 04/23/23 Winter 2023 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1. Develop and maintain a Public History CV/Resume that depicts their qualifications for the practice of Public History.

CO-2. Assess the need for and plan a public history project.

CO-3. Implement a public history project through a sponsoring institution (museum, archive etc.) through your own negotiation.

CO-4. Assess the duties of a historian in a public history project through research, analysis, and synthesis.

CO-5. Plan the duties of a historian in a public history project through research, analysis, and synthesis.

CO-6. Produce the duties of a historian in a public history project through research, analysis, and synthesis.

CO-7. Evaluate their own and their classmates’ public history projects, identify issues needing resolution, and create strategies for issue resolution.

This is a graduate course. One definition of a graduate course is a “course that requires of students a high degree of cognitive processing such as synthesis, conceptualization, critical evaluation, and problem solving.” Collaborative work is also a hallmark of most historic preservation efforts. Many public history projects require cooperation with other public historians and with specialists such as archaeologists, architectural historians, and historical architects. Part of your grade in this course will depend on cooperating with others to complete historic preservation projects. Some individual grades will be derived from the grades collaborative projects receive.

Recommended prerequisites for this course are HIST 500 - Historical Research Methods, HIST 501 – Historiography; HIST 521 – Seminar in Public History; and at least three of the following: HIST 522 – Archives and Manuscript Management; HIST 523 – Theory and Practice of Oral History; HIST 634 – History, Theories, and Contemporary Issues in Historic Preservation; HIST 634 – Museum and Exhibition Culture; HIST 636 – History and Digital Preservation. The Department of History and Military History requires that you use the Chicago Manual of Style for formatting and documenting work submitted in the department. Failure to do so will result in work being returned without comment or grading for correction.


Ciotola, Nicholas P. and White, Thomas. Breaking In: A Four Step Approach to Finding Your First Public History Job. American Association for State and Local History Technical Leaflet No. 219. 2002.




Grove, Tami, “Top Five Strategies for Landing an Internship.”

Katz, Philip M. “Public History Employers, What Do They Want?” Perspectives. September 2003.

Pitt, Alexander, “Public History: a Reflective Essay,” 2007.

Additional readings may be assigned as ideas are developed and exchanged throughout the course.


Ambrose, Timothy and Paine, Crispin. Museum Basics. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Baker, Charles L. Planning Exhibits: From Concept to Completion. Technical Leaflet No. 137. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1981.

Callies, David L. Historic Preservation Law in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Law Institute, 2002. (Available through the Online Library)

Carmicheal, David W. Organizing Archival Records: A Practical Method of Arrangement and Description for Small Archives. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2004.

Cohen, Daniel and Rosenzweig, Roy. Digital History: a Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web. Phildelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.

Crooke, Elizabeth M. Museums and Community. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Dean, David. Museum Exhibition: Theory and Practice. New York: Routledge, 1996. (Available through the Online Library)

Dubrow, Gail Lee and Goodman, Jennifer B. Restoring Women's History Through Historic Preservation. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. (Available through the Online Library)

Gardner, James B. and LaPaglia, Peter S., eds. Public History: Essays from the Field. Malabar, FL: Kreiger Publishing Company, 2004.

Hein, George E. Learning in the Museum. New York: Routlege, 1998. (Available through the Online Library)

Howard, Peter. Heritage: Management, Interpretation, Identity. New York: Continuum, 2003. (Available through the Online Library)

Howe, Barbara J. and Kemp, Emory L. Public History: An Introduction. Malabar: FL: Robert E. Kreiger Publishing Company, 1988.

Institute for Career Research. Careers in Historic Preservation: Saving Districts, Buildings, and Structures Significant in American History. Chicago: Institute for Career Research, 2005. (Available through the Online Library)

Leffler, Phyllis K. and Brent, Joseph. Public History Readings. Malabar, FL: Kreiger Publishing Company, 1992.

Loewen, James W.

Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Parman, Alice and Flowers, Jeffrey Jane. Exhibit Makeovers: A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2008.

Pearce, Susan, ed. Interpreting Objects and Collections. New York: Routledge, 1994. (Available through the Online Library.

Poppeliers, John C.. What Style Is It? A Guide to American Architecture. Washington, D.C.: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2003.

Sandell, Richard and Janes, Robert R. Museum Management and Marketing. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Somer, Barbara W. and Quinlan, Mary K. The Oral History Manual. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2009.

Stipe, Robert E., ed. A Richer Heritage: Historic Preservation in the Twenty-First Century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 2003. (Available through the Online Library)

Talboys, Graeme K. Museum Educator's Handbook. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Pub. Co., 2005. (Available through the Online Library)

Tyler, Norm; Ligibel, Ted J., and Tyler, Ilene R. Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2009.


IMPORTANT NOTE: The Department of History and Military History requires conformity with the University of Chicago Style Manual and its Turabian offshoot. Citations will follow traditional footnote attribution. Do not use endnotes or parenthetical (MLA) variation.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.