Course Descriptions

Introductory Seminars

Usually offered once every third semester. If possible, they should be taken in order. However, this is not a requirement.

  • 6381: Readings in Public History (3 credits): Introduction to the major venues and audiences of public history, professional opportunities for public historians, and ethical issues and problems facing historians in the course of their work.
  • 6382: Research in Public History (3 credits): Application of historical techniques and methods to either individual or team research projects normally conducted within the Houston community. The course also may include discussion of research and writing theory.

Methodology Courses

The following courses are offered periodically and fulfill the degree requirement for a methodology course. In some cases, courses taught in other departments may be substituted for the following if they prove unavailable or if other courses better meet student needs. Alternative courses need to be approved by the director of the Public History Program.

  • 6380: The Uses of Quantitative Methods by Historians (3 credits): Introduction to quantitative and computer-assisted research methods in history.
  • 6383: Topics in Public History (3 credits): Application of methods of public history to public policy, business decision making, community studies, cultural resources management, historical editing, and related themes. The course may be repeated for credit when topics vary.
  • 6384: Oral History (3 credits): Oral history as a research tool: selecting subjects, interviewing, transcribing, editing, and interpreting interviews. Legal and ethical aspects of oral history also will be discussed.
  • 6387: Historical Archives and Records Management (3 credits): The selection, retention, acquisition, and management of historical records, including the records generated by contemporary organizations and corporations as well as by organizations and individuals in the past.
  • 6388: The Material Evidence of History (3 credits): The selection, organization, preservation, and interpretation of buildings, tools, objects of fine and decorative art, handcrafts, clothing, toys, and other physical objects that together with written records constitute the evidence of history.