Public Humanities, Certificate

This Interdisciplinary graduate certificate program provides opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing a public engagement element to their education at the graduate level. 

Based in the Institute for Human Science and Culture, the Certificate offers transferable, hands-on skills applicable to a wide range of professions, providing students experience in presenting their scholarly research in public settings. These experiences offer background for those interested in work in fields such as Digital Humanities, museums and education, heritage preservation, public history, communications, community arts programming, and arts and nonprofit management.

Two required 3-credit core courses, six credit hours of electives from three thematic clusters, and three methodology credits comprise the certificate.


For information please contact Dr. Jodi Kearns at (330) 972-7952 or

Core Courses

IHSC:501Foundations of Museums and Archives I3
IHSC:502Foundations of Museums and Archives II3
Total Hours6


Take one course from the following Methodologies frameworks below:3
Educational Practices in Museums and Cultural Spaces
HIST:584Museums and Archives
HIST:585History, Communities, and Memory
EDFN:600Philosophies of Education
Digital Public Humanities
ENGL:689Seminar in English (Digital Humanities)
EDIT:610Introduction to Instructional Technology
COMM:542Social Media Metrics and Analytics
Research, Performance, and Public Exhibitions
AADMN:610Principles of Arts Administration
AADMN:620Arts Administration Practices & Policies
AADMN:640Legal Aspects of Arts Administrators
Total Hours3

Thematic Clusters 

Take two courses from one of the Thematic Clusters areas listed below:6
Culture and Memory
ENGL:689Seminar in English (Digital Projects in the Archives)
HIST:570Ohio History
HIST:587Science and Technology in World History
Environments, Communities, and Access
HIST:571American Environmental History
HIST:583History and Video Games
COMM:540Strategic Social Media
THEA:555Creating Performance
THEA:567Multi-Cultural Theatre
THEA:576Theatre and Community Action
Performance and Visual Culture
THEA:533Theatre Organization and Production Management
AADMN:660Colloquium on the Arts
AADMN:650Audience Development
AADMN:630Fund Raising & Grantsmanship in the Arts
One of the following courses can be taken as part of any Thematic Cluster:
ENGL:689Seminar in English (Grant Writing)
ENGL:689Seminar in English (Professional Writing)
Total Hours6