Public History is a real-world discipline where history is interpreted for the public. The field includes the areas of historic preservation, cultural resource management, archival science, heritage tourism, oral history and museum curatorship.
Curriculum & Courses
Learn By Doing
Making A Difference
Careers & Outcomes
At Roanoke, you'll have opportunities to work with professors and local historical institutions to conduct research and gain valuable firsthand experience in the field. The Roanoke Valley is rich with history and has a strong tradition of historic preservation — and a number of historical museums.
Many of our History Department graduates have gone on to careers in public history, working at the National Archives and Records Administration, the Smithsonian and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
We offer a concentration in Public History.