The Public History major prepares students for careers in museums, archives, historic sites and organizations, government programs, and consulting. With the aim of making history a useful educational and planning tool in communities, WMU's Public History Program emphasizes varied resources and methodologies, and focuses on regional environments and cultural resources. Students in the Public History curriculum will gain a strong background in history as well as experience in cultural resource management, museum and archive administration, public relations and historic preservation.
Public History majors must also complete an approved internship. Although the Public History major does not require a minor, students may develop one if they choose. Western Michigan University's Public History Program is one of only a few at the undergraduate level in the United States. Students with B.A. in Public History from WMU have found employment at organizations like the National Park Service, the Chippewa Nature Center, and the City of South Bend Historic Preservation Office.