Bachelor of Arts in History with an Emphasis in Public History

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 Bachelor of Arts in History with an 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 public history 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.

Course Content

The public history degree 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.

Public history 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.

Career Objectives

The BA in History with an Emphasis in Public History degree 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
  • Curatorship
  • 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.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.