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Community History FocusAcademic historians and residents of today's cities have been fascinated by the rich cultural diversity of urban areas. They continue to explore the many ways that past and present immigrants have shaped their lives and city life. The Public History Specialization strongly emphasizes the value and importance of learning how to explore the histories of city people by developing cooperative projects with local groups. As part of the program's core requirement, students are required to conceptualize a community oral history project with a local agency in the form of a grant proposal to the Wisconsin Humanities Council or another appropriate foundation.
A cooperative community history emphasis is commensurate with the UW-Milwaukee's urban mission. It also has proven especially helpful to the many public history students who have gone on to careers in large and small community historical agencies where they often work on local history projects.
While it is possible to take courses that would prepare students for a variety of jobs in local historical agencies, Public History students typically specialize in one of the following areas:
Archives AdministrationTo meet the accreditation guidelines of the Society of American Archivists, students who are interested in careers as archivists must take History 775 (Modern Archives Administration), History 777 (Seminar in Modern Archives Administration), and another history or library science course that is relevant to their career goals.
For additional information about these courses, visit the
Library and Information Science Program in the UWM Graduate School Bulletin.
Museum StudiesStudents who are interested in careers in museums must take all four of the following courses, which are offered in sequence by professional staff members of the Milwaukee Public Museum, in order to obtain a certificate in museum studies: Anthropology 720 (History and Theory of Museums), Anthropology 721 (Administration and Organization of Museums), Anthropology 722 (Museum Exhibits), and Anthropology 723 (Museum Curation).
For more information about this program, visit the Museum Studies web site.
Historic PreservationStudents who are interested in careers in historic preservation must take three of the following courses: Art History 459 (American Architecture), Art History 461 (Early Modern Architecture in the Midwest), Art History 702 (Historic Preservation), Urban Planning 652 (Historic Preservation Planning). Architecture 589 (Preservation Technology Laboratory), Architecture 560 (Introduction to Historic Preservation). Other courses related to historic preservation may be taken, with the permission of the program coordinator.
For more information about these courses, consult the following sections of the Graduate School Bulletin.
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