Academic Bulletin 2023-2024 
    May 29, 2024  
Academic Bulletin 2023-2024

Public Humanities Minor: 24 Credits

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The Public Humanities minor is a program in the Interdisciplinary Studies Area of Study. Psychology minors may complete any major to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different areas of study. 

Public Humanities Minor Learning Outcomes 

Students who graduate with a Public Humanities MINOR will be able to:

  • Work collaboratively and effectively with constituencies outside of the college, especially community-based program partners. 
  • Evaluate the ethics of social engagement and investigate the complexities of the idea of the public.
  • Successfully use tools for public engagement which could include museum and archival curation and categorization, best practices in working with oral histories and Institutional Review Board, and specific advanced training in Digital Humanities tools. 

The Public Humanities Minor

The Public Humanities minor consists of 24 credits. At graduation, Public Humanities minors must have a GPA of at least 2.0 in the minor. The calculation is based on the grades of all courses taken at Allegheny and presented for the minor. Only the most recent grade is considered for courses that have been repeated. All courses required for the minor must be taken on a letter grade basis. A maximum of 8 transfer credits may be counted towards the minor; exceptions must be approved by the department chair. 


CORE (4 credit hours)

Must Take (4 credit hours)

Methods Coursework (4 credit hours)

Must complete ONE of the following (4 credits)

Tracks (12 credit hours)

Choose THREE courses from ONE of the following tracks.

  • Not all four 4-credit courses can come from the same department; students must take courses from at least two different departments 
  • Students may not double count courses that appear in the core and in a track.


Students pursuing the Space & Place track may be interested in environmental studies, cultural geographies, urban histories, and place making. Courses in the Space & Place track support future career pathways in entry level positions in city/urban planning, nonprofit programming and management (e.g. RAICES), community liaison, community garden manager, communications specialist, and sustainability coordinator.



Students pursuing the Museums & Collections track may be interested in digital and/or oral storytelling projects, ethnography, memory studies, museums, art history, and curatorial studies. Courses in the Museums & Collections track support future career pathways in museums and other institutions of display, archives, library science, multimedia content creation, and documentary making.



Students pursuing the Advocacy & Social Justice track may be interested in social justice and advocacy careers, food justice, public policy, as well DEI work. Courses in the Advocacy & Social Justice track support future career pathways in community-engaged corporations,  nonprofits, government agencies and NGOs.



Students pursuing the Memory Studies track may be interested in how historical knowledge operates in the public sphere, surfacing previously hidden or under-represented histories, examining power dynamics inherent to history writing, decolonizing knowledge, and global media cultures. Courses in the Memory Studies track support future career pathways in historical societies and other history organizations, federal and state government opportunities within the National Park Service, Department of State Office of the Historian, Senate Historical Office, historical consulting firms, media art and memorialization projects, documentaries and multimedia historical recovery projects, and archival management. 



Students pursuing the Public Writing track may be interested in the communication of specialized knowledge to broader audiences, and content creation on new media platforms. Courses in the Public Writing track support future careers in podcasting, advertising, journalism, editing screenplay writing for films, online game story development, publishing, technical writing, public relations, and web design. 



Must complete the following (4 credits)

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