Public History, Archives, and Museums

Track Chairs

The Nexus in Public History, Museums, Archives and Digital Humanities allows students to explore careers which draw specifically on capacities developed in the study of the humanities. These fields require multiple literacies: professionals must be fluent in understanding, analyzing, and communicating about visual artifacts, material culture/objects, historical landscapes, and digital sources. The two 200 level courses preceding an internship should be chosen to help the student develop relevant skills and/or to provide a context for the work she wants to do. A 300 level course following the internship will allow Nexus students to complete a portfolio or project which demonstrated their curatorial abilities. Additionally, students will take four credits of  pre- and post- internship courses that facilitate thoughtful engagement with the internship opportunity. While the Nexus certificate requires one internship, museums, archives, and public history depend on internships as a component of professional training, and a student undertaking the Nexus should consider undertaking a succession of internships at Mount Holyoke and elsewhere in a way that will allow her to develop a significant set of skills.

Courses (in the course catalog)

Preview courses students have taken to create individual plans of study. Please note: you are not limited to this list of courses.

Each student will choose a set of courses that relate to her particular interests in the field of development. The following courses are focused on Public History, Archives, and Digital Media -related issues, but other courses could also count for the Nexus. 

  • Anthropology 216f – Collecting the Past: Art and Artifacts of the Ancient Americas

  • Anthropology 275 – Research Methods (plus Anthro275L – lab)

  • Anthropology 310f – Visual Anthropology in the Material World

  • Anthropology 320s – Manufacturing Knowledge

  • Art History 242f – History of Photography

  • Art History 250s – American Art of the Nineteenth Century

  • Art History 255s – American Art and Architecture 1620-1880

  • Art History 290f – Issues in Art History: Introduction to Classical Archaeology

  • Art History 300f – Critical Approaches to Art Historical Study

  • Art History 350f – Seminar in American Art: The Gilded Age

  • Geology 205s – Mapping and Spatial Analysis

  • Geology 320s – Research with Geospatial Technologies

  • History 170f – The American Peoples to 1865

  • History 171s – The American Peoples since the Civil War

  • History 203s – The Writing of History: Strategies, Dark Secrets, and Dangers

  • History 234s – The Atlantic World

  • History 235f – Native American History through 1865

  • History 237 – Disturbances: War, Violence, and the Aftermath of Conflict in Early North America

  • History 248s – Science, Revolution, and Modernity

  • History 257f – Research Methods in History: Environmental Change, and Public Health

  • History 274s – Blacks in the North, Revolution to Reconstruction

  • History 276f – U.S. Women’s History since 1890

  • History 281f – African American History, Precolonial to Emancipation

  • History 282s – African American History from Emancipation to Obama

  • History 283f – Topics in the Recent History of the United States: The United States since 1945: We Didn’t Start the Fire

  • History 301f – The Age of Emancipation

  • History 373s – Cartography and Exploration in Early North America

  • History 375f – American History: The Middle Period: Age of Emancipation

  • History 381f – Recent American History: America since the Great Depression Sociology 316 Black Cultural Production and Consumption

  • International Relations 200s – Research Methods

  • Sociology 315 - Black Cultural Production and Consumption

Use the search for classes link for the most up-to-date list of courses.