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Public history

School of Humanities and Behavioral Science

Do you feel a call to history, but not a call to teach? Are your passions multifaceted, infused with a love of collaboration and of sharing historical knowledge? Then Anderson University’s public history degree may be the right fit for you. 

At AU, we integrate faith, career, and calling to best prepare you for a life of service. Follow your God-given passion and contribute to society by helping to preserve the past, and shape the future, with a public history degree from Anderson University.

Program Overview

Public History

AU’s public history major includes 24 credit hours of public relations, marketing, and business courses increasing marketability, widening the scope of opportunity, and building the foundation you need to be a successful public history professional.

This degree pairs easily with other majors, such as business, communications, political science, and pre-law, so AU graduates will be prepared for a professional pathway in history. Students graduate with a variety of career options before them, including areas of social justice, political activism, and community engagement.


Program Options

  • Graduate with a BA in Public History in 4 years
  • Graduate with a BA in Public History and an MBA with the 4+1 program
  • 18-credit minor available

Practical Experience

  • AU’s Jeninga Museum
  • Indiana Historical Society
  • Madison County Museums 
  • Pendleton, Indiana Museums

Career Pathways

  • State Parks
  • Historical Societies
  • Government Offices
  • Museums and Archives


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Dr. Joel D. Shrock

Associate Provost; Dean, School of Humanities & Behavioral Science; Professor of History

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Dr. Joel D. Shrock

Dr. Joel Shrock serves as associate provost, the dean of the School of Humanities & Behavioral Science, and professor of history. He earned his Ph.D. from Miami University in United States History with fields in cultural, gender, and world history in 1996. He teaches courses in modern US and Middle Eastern history.

Dr. Shrock has published The Gilded Age: American Popular Culture through History with Greenwood Press in 2004 and is working on a manuscript on boyhood, youth fiction, and violence at the turn of the twentieth century. He has published various articles on topics that include rape in silent film, the Vietnam Antiwar Movement, and recently an article on print culture and crossover reading in the late nineteenth century.

Dr. Shrock maintains a presence outside of the university. He has served on two Teaching American History Grant Projects, was on the consulting committee for the What Middletown Read Project, has served as a council member, membership secretary, and past president of the Indiana Association of Historians. In 2009 Shrock studied Middle Eastern culture and politics as a Malone Fellow in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. In 2011 he won the Distinguished Scholar Award from Anderson University for his research in the What Middletown Read Project. In 2014 Dr. Shrock won a fellowship for the Council of Independent Colleges Seminar, “The Creation of the Modern American City: Chicago from 1830 to 1910” at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Dr. Shrock has served at Anderson University since 2005.

Contact Dr. Shrock: 
Decker Hall 120; (765) 641-4441

Associate Provost
Dean, School of Humanities & Behavioral Science
Professor of History
B.S., M.A. Ball State University
Ph.D., Miami University