GCU's contemporary history programs captivate a learner with the interests that scholars have today. From a historical context, learners reflect about society and themselves. The emphasis in public history opens the door for a career as a historian. It appeals to learners who have a passion for history and a desire to work directly in an applied setting.
Learners have the opportunity to transform their passion for history and make an impact in their community. The engaging curriculum extends the skills of a historian into the contemporary marketplace. Through a disciplined study of the past, learners are given an orientation of the complexity and diversity in the world, to meet the competitive demands of a global economy.
The program introduces the study of history as a scholarly discipline. Portraying continuity and change, public history offers deep insights into culture and community. It transcends the world beyond classroom teaching. The curriculum focuses on interpreting the past through museums, historic preservation and heritage tourism.
Scholars use the techniques of applied history to create museum exhibits, conserve artifacts, and interpret material culture. Learners are exposed to the field of museum studies and material culture to understand the relationship between objects and society.
Public history engages a broader audience with the past through experiences outside the classroom. Learners are given the opportunity to experience the discipline through 120 hours of fieldwork in a structured setting, to develop hands-on skills and observe public history in practice.
The program offers the foundational structures for graduate degrees in business, law or history. Public history degree jobs open up in several areas, which include:
- Historical preservation
- Cultural resource management
- Historical administration
- Archives and record management
- Local government
A history major at GCU develops the skills and knowledge associated with a liberal arts education, envisioned through a Christian worldview. Graduates who earn this history degree online or on campus are offered the essential skills to research, write, reason critically and communicate effectively.