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Public History Certificate

Enjoy all the benefits of a master’s level education without the hefty cost or lengthy time commitment. Begin work as a professional public historian almost immediately after obtaining your bachelor’s degree in history. Five comprehensive courses of your choosing will build on your pre-existing knowledge and teach you how to practically apply that knowledge in the workplace. Whether you want a smooth entrance into the field of public history, an overview of the field for further research or additional professional certification, this program will fit your needs.

Industry Highlights

Employment is expected to increase by 5% - 8% from 2014-2024 for archivists, curators and museum workers. In 2015, the median annual pay for these professions was $46,710.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Opportunities

  • Archives
  • Consulting
  • Documentary Storyline Writing
  • Historical Exhibit Research
  • Historical Research Report Preparation
  • Libraries
  • Local/State/Federal Bureaus & Natural Services
  • Museum Historian 
  • Preservation
  • Public Policy Development

Armstrong Edge

Nestled in the historic city of Savannah, Armstrong students are constantly surrounded by history's inspiring stories and opportunities to intern in local museums, historic homes and plantations. Current students enjoy individualizing the certificate's course of study to fit their interests and the option of using these certificate credits to earn a M.A. in history at Armstrong.


Read More Armstrong to Host Robert I. Strozier Faculty Lecture by Dr. Allison Scardino Belzer on Nov. 10

(November 1, 2017) – In "Women in Uniform One Hundred Years Later: Rethinking World War One in Italy," Belzer chronicles the monumental transition of Italian women from hidden members of society to public representatives of Italian patriotism. This event is free and open to the public.

Read More Armstrong Economic Monitor Reports Steady Economic Growth in 2nd Quarter 2017

(October 2, 2017) - Armstrong State University’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, which analyzes data and identifies trends affecting the regional economy, reports that the Savannah metro economy continued healthy growth in the second quarter of 2017 while forecasting moderately slower year-end movement.

Read More Armstrong to Present Visiting Writers Series Event Featuring Elise Blackwell on Oct. 5

(September 28, 2017) - Armstrong State University’s College of Liberal Arts will present a reading by acclaimed writer Elise Blackwell. The author of five novels, including Hunger, which was named the "Best Book of 2003” by the Los Angeles Times, Blackwell will read from her latest work of fiction, The Lower Quarter

Read More Armstrong Professor Named to University System of Georgia College 2025 Initiative Working Group

(August 18, 2017) – University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley recently named Armstrong State University Associate Professor of Communications and African-American Studies Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas, Ph.D., to the College 2025 Initiative working group. The group aims to produce more college graduates from Georgia’s public colleges and universities by 2025.

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