These courses will explore the theory and practice of public history—oral history, historic preservation, museums, cultural heritage, and memory studies—in the local, national, and transnational contexts of Prague. Students will gain multidisciplinary perspectives about the significance of the past in the present as course material will also draw from anthropology, tourism studies, and education. Working closely with practicing historians and public history professionals, students will gain practical experience by working in an internship. Students will analyze historic sites in and around the city such as the Jewish Museum of Prague, the John Lennon Wall, Prague Castle, Vitkov Hill, Terezin Concentration Camp, and the Mayrau Mining Museum.
Upper level undergraduates and graduate students interested in public history will learn about the long and rich history of Prague and the Czech Republic while working with professionals managing historical and cultural resources. The first two weeks will be an internship experience (HI 390/642). Working with internship faculty supervisor Assistant Professor of History Alicia McGill, Ph.D., students will identify, plan, and complete 150 hours of internship to provide practical experience in professional public history settings. In the next two weeks, Tammy Gordon, Ph.D., Professor of History at NC State will teach HI 463/563: Topics in History and Memory which focuses on the Czech Republic. Jaroslav Ira, Ph.D., Lecturer in the Institute of World History at Charles University in Prague, will join select classes and tours to offer a local perspective.
All students enrolled in the Public History in Prague program will take an internship course. Internships are now a common component of undergraduate and graduate education throughout the U.S and are standard for history majors and public history students nationwide. The internship courses are designed to provide students applied learning experiences and enable them to engage in professional history contexts. Conducting international internships in Prague will give students the opportunity to understand workplace environments in different cultural contexts and hone skills in communication and working with diverse populations which they can promote to future employers. Through the Public History in Prague program students will partner with organizations that conduct history-related work (e.g. museums, a professional archaeology organization, scientific research institutions, historic sites). Students will complete projects to assist these organizations in their missions and expand the students’ skill set. Potential projects include but are not limited to: assisting with tourism programming, developing historical interpretative materials, working with museum collections, museum outreach and education, developing marketing materials for historic places.
NC State Prague provides accommodations for all students participating in a program. Housing is located in the Žižkov neighborhood, in the Prague 3 district. It is a cosmopolitan area with a wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants, and cultural activities all within walking distance. A coffee shop is located on the ground floor of the building.
- 3.0+ GPA
- Open to non-NC State students
- Must be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct
- Must meet the minimum eligibility policy set forth by the Study Abroad Office
- Must be at least a rising junior or graduate student
Admin Fee (due at time of application): $450
Summer 2020 Program Cost: $3,900
- Tuition for 6 credit hours
- Prague transportation pass
- Cultural activities, field trips, site visits
- Orientation materials and fees
- International health insurance
- International airfare
- Passport fee
- Textbooks and supplies
- Personal expenses
Dr. Tammy Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Alicia McGill, email@example.com