Public History Minor
A joint program offered by Huron University College, King's University College and Western University, public history explores how history is understood by and communicated to the public.
Public history equips our students for work and for life. In short, History matters.
Western's Public History minor will assist students seeking careers in museums, archives, and in cultural and heritage organizations.
History is not just about going to museums or watching documentaries. It’s about how people engage with the past & build meaning in terms of our lives as individuals & communities.
History is constantly being created – all around us, all the time – by people and communities. I want students to engage with public history and recognize why history matters.
Public history is a powerful tool for understanding the forces that shape our world, and for making informed decisions as engaged, responsible citizens
Dr. Robert Ventresca.
Public history is putting history to work in the world. It’s about raising historical consciousness among people by telling stories that engage and inform.
Public History is brilliant because it allows you to work with community partners and gain the practical experience needed to find a job after graduation.
Studying public history in my undergraduate years provided me with the necessary foundation to turn my passion for history into a marketable skill set.
Thomas Van Dewark
Now pursuing a museum career, exposure to public history opened my eyes to how I could apply my love of history outside of traditional academia.