Public History, Museums, Archives and Digital Humanities

Eleanor Townsley, Nexus director

Christine DeLucia, track chair

217G Dwight Hall

Overview and Contact Information

The Nexus in Public History, Museums, Archives, and Digital Humanities allows students to explore careers which draw specifically on capacities developed in the study of the humanities. These fields require multiple literacies: professionals must be fluent in understanding, analyzing, and communicating about visual artifacts, material culture/objects, historical landscapes, and digital sources. Additionally, students will take four credits of  pre- and post- internship courses that facilitate thoughtful engagement with the internship opportunity. While the Nexus certificate requires one internship, museums, archives, and public history depend on internships as a component of professional training, and a student undertaking the Nexus should consider undertaking a succession of internships at Mount Holyoke and elsewhere in a way that will allow her to develop a significant set of skills.


This area of study is administered by the following Nexus track chair:

Christine DeLucia, Assistant Professor of History

Requirements for the Nexus

A minimum of 18 credits:

Three courses above the 100 level chosen from the list of courses approved for this Nexus12
Completion of the UAF application stages 1 and 2 1
A substantive internship
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to your Liberal Arts Education2
A presentation at LEAP Symposium
One approved 300-level course from the list of courses approved for this Nexus4
Total Credits18

Or a fifth class with approval of the track chair

Additional Specifications

  • The sequence of a Nexus is important and part of what makes it unique.

    • The three courses preceding an internship should be chosen to help students develop relevant skills and/or to provide a context for the work they want to do.

    • UAF application stages 1 and 2 must be completed before the internship or research project.

    • COLL-211 is taken after the internship or research project and culminates in the presentation at LEAP Symposium.

    • The 300-level course following the internship will allow Nexus students to complete a portfolio or project which demonstrates their curatorial abilities.

Courses Counting toward the Nexus

Courses other than those listed below may count toward the Nexus. Students should consult the Nexus track chair for consideration of courses not on the list.

Africana Studies
AFCNA-241BNTopics in Africana Studies: 'Black Abolitionists: American Revolution to Reconstruction'4
AFCNA-241HSTopics in Africana Studies: 'African American History, Precolonial to Emancipation'4
ANTHR-216CASpecial Topics in Anthropology: 'Collecting the Past: Art and Artifacts of the Ancient Americas'4
ANTHR-216HRSpecial Topics in Anthropology: 'Anthropology and Human Rights: Between Devil's Advocate and Rights Advocacy'4
ANTHR-275Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology4
Art History
ARTH-242History of Photography4
ARTH-243ARArchitecture 1890-1990: 'Building the Modern Environment'4
ARTH-250American Art4
ARTH-271Arts of Islam: Book, Mosque, and Palace4
ARTH-301FSTopics in Art History: 'Founding Sisters: The Origins of College Collections'4
ARTH-350FWSeminar in American Art: 'The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright'4
ARTH-350GASeminar in American Art: 'The Gilded Age'4
College(Interdeptmnt) Courses
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to your Liberal Arts Education2
Environmental Studies
ENVST-377Cartography and Exploration in Early North America4
GEOG-320Research with Geospatial Technologies4
HIST-170The American Peoples to 18654
HIST-234The Atlantic World4
HIST-235Native American History through 18654
HIST-248Science, Revolution, and Modernity4
HIST-252History of Money and Finance4
HIST-271Place and Power in the American West and Pacific World4
HIST-274Black Abolitionists: American Revolution to Reconstruction4
HIST-276U.S. Women's History Since 18904
HIST-281African American History, Precolonial to Emancipation4
HIST-282African American History from Emancipation to Obama4
HIST-283MCTopics in the Recent History of the United States: 'We Didn't Start the Fire: The United States Since WW II'4
HIST-373Cartography and Exploration in Early North America4
HIST-374The Afterlives of Objects: Revisiting Early American and Indigenous Histories through Material Culture4
SOCI-316SCSpecial Topics in Sociology: 'Sociology of Culture'4
SOCI-316SYSpecial Topics in Sociology: 'The Business of Culture: Marketing & Selling Symbolic Goods'4