Pursue public history and museum studies as a concentration in the history major, or as a minor alongside a different major.
Could you spend hours wandering around a museum? Are you business savvy but equally interested in history? Or maybe you recognize that the preservation and maintenance of history is just as important as the history itself. If so, then public history and museum studies could be for you. With this concentration or minor, you can master practical aspects of curating and presenting history, in museums and at original historic sites.
This program combines the traditional study of history with practical aspects of business administration and management. Not only is this a perfect college-to-career bridge in a growing field—it also will help you bring the world of academic inquiry and discovery to the general public. With Boston’s rich historical landscape just 25 miles from campus, there is no shortage of learning opportunities!
A minor or concentration in public history and museum studies will prepare you for every level of museum work, including:
Data collected from Gordon graduates between 1989 and 2010.
GO THE EXTRA MILE
While pursuing your minor or concentration, you’ll intern at a museum. Boston and the North Shore are full of great places to gain experience with public history—from America's longest-operating museum (the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem) to the rich historical collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Wherever it takes place, your internship will prove to be an exciting opportunity!
Students are encouraged to spend a semester studying in the places that most interest them, from D.C. to the Middle East. Each off-campus program offers a different perspective and focus.