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Public History Concentration

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Consists of 12 credit hours distributed as follows:

Surveys developments in European history from the French Revolution to the present day. Major topics include the French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe industrialization the rise of new ideologies and systems of thought the new Imperialism the World Wars and the Holocaust rise and fall of communism and the place of Europe in the world in the early 21st century. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

An introduction to the practice methods and theories of applied history in the contexts of public history sites oral history and local history. Students will be introduced to best practices for museum and archive collection development accessioning and deaccessioning artifacts conducting oral history interviews and responsible application of history skills to real-world problems. Students will visit local museums archives and library special collections to see public history in action participate in Storied Halls which is an ongoing collaborative student-faculty oral history research project conduct a substantial original research project on local history through local archival repositories and present their work as research papers history talks museum exhibits andor digital history displays.

Unit(s): 3

The internship program provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the students concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship signed by the student and the faculty sponsor must be filed with the Director of Internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the Director of Internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for three credits per semester and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of nine credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

Unit(s): 3

And one course from the following list:

Critical study of the visual arts understood through the institutions we call museums. General Education Fine Arts 2016 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 300

Unit(s): 3

Explores the role played by traditional American culture including music narrative medicine vernacular architecture and folk art and craft. Much of the course will concentrate on the folk culture of the Shenandoah Valley. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

This course will provide an overview of federal and state laws that are aimed at the conservation of natural resources andor protection of environmental quality. Major laws that will be covered include the National Environmental Protection Act Clean Air Act Clean Water Act the Endangered Species Act and others. Speakers from natural resourceenvironmental agencies such as the Va. Department of Environmental Quality Va. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and U.S. Forest Service will provide practical insights into the application and implementation of environmental policy. Prerequisites BIOL 100 101 or 110 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

American musical life from colonial times to the present. Samplings include music following both the European classical tradition (operatic choral symphonic etc.) and Americas popular tradition (ragtime jazz rock etc.). Specific topics in the general areas are treated in detail by individual research. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 FILA general education fine arts and music

Unit(s): 3

Introduces students to techniques for examination of objects and artifacts through the study of important texts hands-on experience on-site visits to museums buildings and cultural landscapes. Topics include vernacular architecture cultural geography popular design technology folk life and archaeology. Prerequisite SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

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Dr. Brandon Marsh, Department Chair
540-828-5657
bmarsh@bridgewater.edu