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Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation

B.S. Historic Preservation

Southeast's Historic Preservation program is a major that combines formal classroom education 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 and Anthropology 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.

Core Courses

  • GH 315 Historiography (3)
  • HP 007 Professional Portfolio Review (0)
  • HP 100 Introduction to Historic Preservation (3)
  • HP 200 Introduction to Techniques of Local History (3)
  • HP 450 Problems in Historic Preservation (3)
  • HP 585 History of American Architecture (3)
  • HP 588 Legal and Economic Principles of Historic Preservation (3)
  • US 105 American History I (3)
  • US 107 American History II (3)

Public History Breadth Requirement

Choose 6 hours:

  • HP 405 Archives and Special Collections Studies (3)
  • HP 410 Museum Studies (3)
  • HP 420 Historic Site Administration (3)

History Breadth Requirement

9 hours of EH, GH, US, WH 200-500 level or approved departmental UI courses, of which 3 hours MUST be 400-500 level.

Historic Preservation Electives

Choose 6 hours

  • AN 382 Archaeology: Method and Theory (3)
  • HP 552 Historic Preservation Field School (3)
  • HP 580 History of American Building Materials and Techniques (3)
  • HP 589 Historic Preservation-Based Economic Revitalization (3)

Students may also choose an HP topics course or an additional HP Breadth Requirement course

Internship (9 hours)

  • HP 500 Historic Preservation Internship I (3)
  • HP 501 Historic Preservation Internship II (6)
  • HP 502 Historic Preservation Internship III (9)

Additional Interdisciplinary Requirements

Group A - Interdisciplinary Skills (6 hours)

  • AG 440 Precision Agriculture (GPS/GIS) (3)
  • CM 100 Introduction to Drafting (3)
  • CM 126 Computer Assisted Drafting (3)
  • DS 104 Intro to Interior Design (3)
  • MG 301 Principles of Management (3)
  • MK 301 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • PG 284 Photography Fundamentals (3)
  • TH 101 Acting for Non-majors (3)
  • UI 351 Public Opinion Management (3)
  • UI 400 Business and Ethics (3)
  • UI 425 Persuasion (3)

Group B - Cultural Perspectives (6 hours)

  • AH 511 American Art (3)
  • DS 206 History of Interiors II (3)
  • FA 517 History of Costume (3)
  • IU 306 Perspectives on Urban Design (3)
  • TH 395 Period and Style (3)
  • UI 313 African-American Experience (3)
  • UI 337 Issues in Modern Architecture (3)
  • UI 339 North American Indian (3)
  • UI 340 Housing Perspectives (3)
  • UI 341 Victorian Studies (3)
  • UI 401 American Cultural Landscapes (3)
  • UI 446 Civil Rights Movement (3)

General Education Requirements

Some requirements may be fulfilled by course work in major program

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours
  • Constitution requirement – 3 hours
  • US History requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)


The following minors are recommended3:

  • Anthropology: 8 hours
  • Archaeology: 18 hours
  • Architectural Design: 15 hours
  • Art: 19-21 hours
  • Art History: 21 hours
  • Criminal Justice: 15 hours
  • Environmental Studies: 21 hours
  • Foreign Languages: 18 hours
  • Interior Design: 18 hours
  • History 21 hours
  • Marketing (Integrated Marketing Communications): 15 hours
  • Marketing Management: 15 hours
  • Public Administration: 18 hours

3Requirements for each minor field are listed in the undergraduate Bulletin

To assess your progress in completing the program, the Department of History and Anthropology will compile an assessment file. One important part of that file will be your portfolio. Creating a portfolio will help you to evaluate your own progress and to demonstrate your accomplishments to others.

  1. You will be required to complete US History I, US History II, and 12 additional credit hours in history as specified in the curriculum.
  2. Instruction and practice in research methods will be incorporated into several courses, including HP100 (Introduction to Historic Preservation), HP200 (techniques of Local History), HP405 (Archives and Special Collections Management), HP410 (Museum Studies), HP420 (Historic Site Administration) project from these classes will be part of your portfolio.
  3. In order to develop specific research skills relating to historic preservation, you will be required to complete HP200 (Techniques of Local History). In this course, you will complete research projects that will be included in your portfolio.
  4. You will learn about buildings in HP585 (American Architecture). In order to become familiar with historic properties and objects, you will participate in field exercises, such as historical/architectural surveys. Field work will be an essential component of HP450 (Problems in Historic Projects) and HP588 (Legal and Economic Principles of Historic Preservation). Reports on field work will become part of your portfolio.
  5. You will demonstrate communication skills by writing reports, giving oral presentations, participating in group projects that require writing and speaking skills, and finally, submitting examples of written work in a portfolio.
  6. You will demonstrate graphics skills by successfully completing AR207 (Practical Drawing) or VC100 (Introduction to Drafting) and/or VC126 (Computer-Assisted Drafting) and by submitting examples of drafting in a portfolio.
  7. You will be required to complete HP588 (Legal and Economic Principles of Historic Preservation) in order to understand the implications of historic preservation in public policy.
  8. You will demonstrate competence in an area of preservation by completing one 400-level “studies” course and one 400-level “problems” course in one of these areas. You will further develop your skills by successfully completing an internship. You will discuss your internship in a public presentation.
  9. You will be asked to demonstrate computer competence. You can do this by completing AD101 (Introduction to Microcomputer Applications) or by presenting convincing evidence of computer skills to an appropriate faculty member and by including work completed with the aid of computers in a portfolio.
  10. Members of the faculty will evaluate a portfolio, which will include:
    1. a resume
    2. copies of all project reports completed during field exercises
    3. a summary of contributions to preservation projects
    4. other evidence of competence in preservation
  11. You will discuss your portfolio in an exit interview.

Download the Portfolio Review Checklist

In order to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Historic Preservation, students must complete a portfolio review.
These are the steps in the process:

  1. Save copies of project reports, term papers, photographs, drawings, and other documents that represent the best work you have done as a student at Southeast.
  2. Compile these documents in an organized portfolio, preferably in a three-ring binder with dividers labeled to identify important categories of materials.
  3. Prepare a resume that highlights your accomplishments in the Historic Preservation Program. If you need help with your resume, consult a faculty member or a staff member in Career Services.
  4. During your final semester before graduation, enroll in HP007 and CL004. This will not add to your credit hours or incur additional cost, but they are both required for graduation.
  5. For CL004, in addition to the resume, you will need to prepare a sample cover letter applying to either a graduate program or a professional position in the field. You will also need to update the profile on you created in CL003.
  6. During the last few weeks before graduation, the program coordinator (Dr. Hoffman) will schedule a date and time for your portfolio review.

Portfolio Review

Bring the following materials to your portfolio review:

  1. Four copies of your resume.
  2. Four copies of your cover letter (plus the job ad).
  3. Print out of your updated home page on
  4. Your portfolio.

Be prepared to give a brief (10-minute) oral presentation, discussing your experience as a student at Southeast, the strengths you have to offer as a professional, and your plans for the future. Your presentation should make specific references to the materials you have compiled in your portfolio.

After your presentation, faculty members will conduct an exit interview, offering helpful comments on your resume and your portfolio, asking for your feedback on the preservation program, and discussing your transition to a graduate program or the professional world.

Your portfolio review session should last about one hour.

Who Must Complete an Internship?

All historic preservation majors are required to complete an internship in order to qualify for the bachelor of science in historic preservation.

When Will I Do My Internship?

Most students complete the internship during the summer between their junior and senior years. But other timetables are acceptable. Before starting an internship, students must complete the following courses: HP100, HP200, and either HP405, HP410 or HP420 AND the appropriate problems course (HP407, HP417, HP425 or HP450).

In other words, before beginning an internship, students must have completed a 400-level sequence in either archives, historic sites or museums.

How Much Credit Do I Receive for my Internship?

Undergraduate internships are worth nine hours of credit toward the degree.

How Do I Enroll for My Internship?

Historic preservation internships are listed as courses numbered HP500-501-502. You must obtain permission to enroll from the internship coordinator.

What Must I Do to Receive Credit for My Internship?

Each internship must involve at least 400 hours of work at an appropriate facility. The work done must be sufficiently varied and challenging to provide a significant learning experience. Students should inform the internship coordinator of the plan of work. The internship coordinator must make contact with the supervisor of the work, in order to insure that internships are a valuable experience for the student.

In order to receive a grade for the internship, students must complete the following:

  • a concise daily journal of activities during the internship
  • a five-page typewritten report on a special project involving significant research or a professional level of activity*
  • a 30-minute oral presentation on the intern's experiences (to be presented to an audience of historic preservation students) OR a twenty-page paper describing the internship experience

*The student and the internship coordinator should agree in advance on a special project.

Where Can I Do My Internship?

Students should take the initiative in arranging an internship at a museum, archival facility, historic site, or historical agency. In the past students have completed internships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Shiloh National Military Park; Harry S. Truman Library & Museum; Preserve Rhode Island; NPS Midwest Regional Office; Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation; Shropshire Archives (Shrewsbury, England); San Francisco History Center; Mastodon State (MO) Historic Site; Missouri State Museum; Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation; Jefferson Barracks County Park (St. Louis County); Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum; Chateau de Mores (ND); Bolduc House Museum (MO); National Churchill Museum; Museum of Transportation (St. Louis, MO); Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology; Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, MN; Pennsylvania Downtown Center, Harrisburg, PA; South Dakota State Historical Society (SHPO), Pierre, SD; Luther Center, Wittenberg, Germany; General Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center, Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA; Association of Midwest Museums, St. Louis, MO; Volkening Heritage Farm, Schaumburg, IL; Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis MO; Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY; the National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, D.C.), Gettysburg National Battlefield (Pennsylvania), Vicksburg National Military Park (Mississippi), The Navy Museum (Washington, D.C.), the New Jersey SHPO (Trenton), Conner Prairie (Indiana), Ft. Davidson State Historic Site (MO), Ft. Larned National Historic Site (Kansas), , the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center (Frederick, Maryland), the National Archives (Denver Regional Office), Oshkosh Public Museum (Wisconsin), the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Missouri State Archives,, the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office, the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, Old Town Cape and the City of Cape Girardeau, and many other historical agencies.

Search for an Internship

Students have made the following comments on the internship experience:

“A SHPO is an excellent opportunity to use skills learned in class and to learn a great deal -- and not just about what you are doing, but what others are doing.” -- Sara Andre, 1999, NJSHPO

“Words cannot express the wonderful experiences I had during this internship. The knowledge gained is invaluable.” -- Andrew Halter, 1999, MoSHPO

The Southeast Missouri State University Historic Preservation Program has on-going relationships with a variety of historic sites and agencies that can result in internship opportunities. The internship coordinator maintains files on these and other facilities. Set your sights high. Explore the possibilities. Opportunities abound.

How do I Apply for an Internship?

The first step is to write a letter of interest to the agency offering the internship. You may also write letters to agencies, asking if they offer internships. In these letters, identify yourself, explain your intentions, and briefly state your qualifications. You may enclose a resume, or you may offer to send a resume later. Prepare a resume that highlights your field experience, academic training, and special interest in preservation.

If you need assistance, ask an instructor or the internship coordinator. You may also ask for assistance from the office of Career Services on campus. If the agency expresses interest in your application, submit all forms and materials they request. Make telephone contact with someone in the agency. Inform the internship coordinator of your progress. When negotiations become serious, the coordinator will contact the agency to explain our internship program. Please be sure to be courteous and businesslike in dealing with the agency. When in doubt, talk to the coordinator.

Will I Be Paid for My Internship?

Many students receive stipends, wages, or some sort of financial support from the facilities at which they do their internship. Arrangements must be made directly with the facility. Paid internships in historic preservation are also available through the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). NCPE offers a variety of internships on a competitive basis every year. Students must apply for these internships. You may obtain application forms and information from the internship coordinator.

Is There Anything Else I Should Know?

While engaged in the internship, the student should maintain a cheerfully professional attitude. Interns should report to work promptly, fulfill all assignments to the best of their ability, discuss problems with supervisors and co-workers in a calm and constructive manner, and contact the internship coordinator if problems become serious. Whether paid or unpaid, an internship is a job. Interns should honor all commitments to the facilities that employ them. The internship coordinator will be more than happy to assist in submitting applications, preparing resumes, and setting up internships. Please feel free to call Dr. Steven Hoffman at 651-2808, or email him at

Degree requirements for all students: a minimum of 120 credit hours, completion of General Education program, completion of 39 senior division hours (300-599), Writing Proficiency Exam (WP003), and completion of the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) at the senior level. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements for your program.

Sample Four Year Program

Fall (15 hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • HP 100 (3)
  • US 105 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • HP 200 (3)
  • US 107 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • Group A Interdisciplinary Skills (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • GH 315 (3)
  • Group A Interdisciplinary Skills (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Summer field school is an option; meets HP Elective requirement.

Fall (12 hours)

  • HP 410 or 420 (3)
  • EH/GH/US/WH 200-599 (3)
  • Group B Culture Perspective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • HP 405 or Elective (3)
  • HP 450 (3)
  • HP Elective (3)
  • Group B Culture Perspective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Summer Internship HP 500/501/502 - 9 hours

Fall (12 hours)

  • EH/GH/US/WH 200-599 (3)
  • HP 410/HP 420 or Elective (3)
  • HP 585 (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (12 hours)

  • EH/GH/US/Eh 200-599 (3)
  • HP 007 (0)
  • HP 588 (3)
  • HP Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)


(573) 651-2146
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Department of History and Anthropology
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701