Why Choose Nazareth for Museums, Archives, and Public History?

Nazareth College offers one of the few undergraduate majors in public history in the country. The program is distinct for combining rich historical study with experiential learning obtained through the required 12 credit hours of internship. Take classes and undertake internships that allow you to pursue advanced degrees or careers in archives, digital humanities, documentation projects, film studies, government service, heritage tourism, historical house management, library science, museums,  national park service, and preservation.

This program’s experiences and rich content in American history makes it ideal to pair with a dual major such as American studies, anthropology, art history, communications and media, history, marketing, music, public health, social science, theatre arts, and women and gender studies.

Program Highlights

  • Courses in museums and archives taught by professionals in these fields
  • Experiential learning includes internships, project-based classroom activities, expert speakers, and trips to historical sites
  • Internships can be local, elsewhere in the nation, or while studying abroad — including a popular semester program in Washington, D.C.
  • Explore careers in applied history
  • Develop skills in digital humanities
  • Benefit from rich historical study with experts from various eras of history

Contact Information

Timothy Kneeland

Timothy Kneeland

Professor and Chairperson in History & Political Science
Director in Center for Public History
Golisano Academic Center 454

Education: B.A. and M.A., SUNY Buffalo; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Areas of Academic Interest: American politics, political history, public history, history of science and medicine, African-American history, and women's history.

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Adam Bradford '13, alum of the museum studies, archives, and public history degree program

Adam Bradford '13, public historian

“The awesome part about public history and museum work is that everything you do is for the public. The need to balance different priorities always keeps you on your toes." His internship at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery for a master’s degree in American history with a public history focus led to a part-time job as the cemetery’s historian as he completes his degree. His bachelor’s in history from Nazareth included an internship at Berlin’s city museum, where he helped start a digital archive and critiqued historical sites for their accessibility to people not fluent in German. “Nazareth’s combination of historical knowledge and multiple internships is a great advantage. Employers want to see you have experience in the field.”

Example careers

  • Archivist
  • Historian in local, state, or federal government
  • Museum curator
  • Oral historian
  • Special collections manager
  • Travel guide

Internships/field experiences

  • 1816 Farmington Quaker Meeting House
  • Genesee Country Museum
  • George Eastman Museum
  • Historic Pittsford
  • Landmark Society
  • Memorial Art Gallery
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Rochester City Historian
  • Rochester Genealogical Society
  • Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • The Strong National Museum of Play

Graduate schools

  • American University, Washington, D.C.
  • Cooperstown Museum Studies, Cooperstown, N.Y.
  • George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • School of Library and Information Science Simmons College, Boston, Mass.
  • University at Albany, Albany, N.Y.