The mission of the Department of Historic Preservation is to prepare graduates who can thoughtfully apply knowledge of historic resources to planning and design processes that emphasize building revitalization, rural preservation, and community engagement.
The greater goal of a dynamic and sustainable environment requires contributions from a diverse set of professionals and engaged citizens. Preservationists are situated within this context through their understanding of existing historic resources, the meaning of places, and thoughtful participatory processes for change.
The two-year, 48 credit hour curriculum will focus on analytical, theoretical, and procedural aspects of preservation, and their application to preservation and planning. The distinguishing characteristics of the program are focused on building revitalization, rural preservation, and community engagement.
Preservation crosses many disciplinary boundaries and involves a diverse faculty group. A stable group of core faculty within the department will focus specifically on issues of documentation, analysis, policy, conservation, and integration of historic preservation concepts into design and planning processes. The faculty and students will engage communities and communicate to the public the important role of preservation in improving the quality of life and sustainable economic development within the commonwealth. A design background is not required to enter the program.
This strong interdisciplinary approach prepares students for a wide range of careers in public organizations such as the National Park Service, state historic preservation offices, and local government preservation divisions; in nonprofit organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and in private firms including architecture, planning, archaeology, and historical research firms.
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2014 Historic Preservation Annual Report