Welcome to the Historic Preservation Program. Historic Preservation is a major that
combines formal classroom learning with a variety of field experiences in which students
and faculty work together to study, understand, and preserve the past. In addition
to classes in the preservation of the built environment, students in the program also
take breadth requirement courses in various aspects of public history, such as museums,
historic sites and archives.
The purpose of the program is to develop skills in research, interpretation, and curation
of landscapes, buildings, objects and documents of historical significance. The Department
of History offers this program to prepare students for employment in historic sites,
museums, archival repositories, or preservation agencies. Graduates of the program
may also pursue advanced study in public history and historic preservation.
By the time you complete the program, the Department of History believes that you
- Demonstrate the ability to locate and gather information by developing skills in historical
research, including the use of Internet resources, computer databases, secondary and
primary sources, and local records.
- Demonstrate capabilities for critical thinking, reasoning and analysis by evaluating
the historical features, characteristics, integrity, and significance of documents,
objects, buildings, and landscapes.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills by presenting historical information and
programs to audiences inside and outside the classroom.
- Demonstrate an understanding of human experiences by studying historical resources
and their meaning in the present.
- Demonstrate an understanding of various cultures and their interrelationships by building
a knowledge base in history, anthropology, and archaeology.
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate the breadth and diversity of knowledge and experience
by observing and analyzing a wide variety of resources that have survived to represent
- Demonstrate the ability to make informed, intelligent value decisions by studying
the ethical dimension of preservation and practicing decision-making in service projects
and an internship.
- Demonstrate the ability to make informed, sensitive aesthetic responses by observing
and reflecting on survivals of the past in art, architecture, and the landscape.
- Demonstrate the ability to function responsibly in one’s natural, social, and political
environment by participating in service projects, field exercises, and an internship
in historic preservation.
- Develop specific skills necessary for the identification and documentation of historic
buildings and objects through hands-on experiences and field exercises.
- Develop specific competence in archives management, museum management, or historic
site administration in hands-on courses within the context of a liberal arts program
firmly grounded in the discipline of history.