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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ED 360 Public History

(3 credits)
Public history is the history that belongs to the public—history that is seen, heard, read, and interpreted by popular audiences.  In this course students will work with cultural institutions, National History Day (NHD) program, and/or public schools to help shape public history. Students will learn both historical and educational skills through field experiences, readings, class discussions, and projects that address the following questions: What is public history? How do educational institutions help shape the story of We the People?  What narratives do young people have? Whereas some students’ fieldwork will be mentoring a middle or high school student competing in National History Day (the science-fair of history), others’ projects will be working on public history to be published on cultural institutions’ websites, PhilaPlace, or National Constitution Center’s The Constitution Happened Here.  By supporting cultural institutions education departments and NHD, students contribute to the creation of new stories about our past to be shared with the public.  This course is required for students seeking certification in secondary social studies education.

No field experiences required.