Western Michigan University

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Nonprofit Leadership and Administration in School of Public Affairs and Administration
Public History in Department of History

Western Michigan offers an undergraduate minor in Nonprofit Leadership and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Administration.  The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Administration is intended for nonprofit employees and volunteers who desire to enhance their managerial skills, but do not want to complete a 39 credit hour Master's degree program, or who want to 'test the water' before deciding whether to pursue a Master's degree.


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.

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