Department Adds New Degree Concentrations

Photo of the US Supreme Court chambers.The Department of History is pleased to announce a new advanced concentration in Legal History — specifically designed to give undergraduates a competitive edge when applying to elite law schools and/or policy oriented graduate programs. Participating students will acquire first-hand legal research experience while exploring key precedents and the evolution of jurisprudence over time. Students are also provided with personalized application coaching, experiential learning opportunities, and one-on-one personal statement workshops. History is widely regarded in the legal community as among the most popular and pragmatic majors for undergraduates considering careers in the law, public policy, or public administration. Contact Dr. Lawrence Cappello ( or visit the Legal History Concentration page for more information.

Elevated view of Malone-Hood Plaza in front of Foster Auditorium.

The Department of History’s new advanced concentration in Public History is designed to prepare students for careers as historians in a variety of venues — museums, archives, historic preservation agencies, nonprofits, Cultural Resource Management firms, and federal, state, and local governments, among others. The new concentration provides a foundation for careers in public history, introducing students to major concepts and practical skills of the field, including oral history, digital history, archival management, museum studies, and community-based engagement. The concentration draws from a rich public history community that exists on campus and in the region, and students will cap their concentration with an internship to hone and apply professional skills. Students interested in enrolling, or learning more about the program, may contact Dr. Julia Brock ( for an appointment or visit the Public History Concentration page for more information.