UM History Launches Undergraduate Public History Certificate Program

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak last summer, a band of undergraduates, alumni and doctoral students from the Department of History at the University of Montana gathered 20 oral testimonies from people, businesses and organizations that had been affected by the pandemic. This work was part of an initiative to give students access to more hands-on, community-driven research as part of a new Certificate in Public History program, just approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents. The certificate, the only one offered in the state, provides students with quality instruction, real-life experience and professional contacts, preparing them for a dynamic career in the 21st-century workforce, said Regents Professor of History Anya Jabour, director of UM’s Public History Program.