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Education

Undergraduate Programs | Graduate Programs | Other Programs

    Warning! Some of this information is out of date. Please if you have updates, let me know. What I really like to hear about is your experiences with programs. I will post emails if you have information that would help others choose schools.

    The educational lists are taken from the National Council for Preservation Education published lists. I have not included all the programs listed by NCPE. For more information contact the schools or NCPE.

    I find education to be the most important part of the whole process for working in historic preservation or public history. Of course, this is my bias. I love education--teaching, learning, etc. I would suggest a museum studies program if you are certain you want to work in a museum, specifically an art museum or natural history museum (Look for the AAM listing on the employment page). If you aren't certain or if you like having other options, I would look into the schools on the next few pages. 

      If I can take a minute to rant, I would like to say that if ANYONE is thinking about starting a PhD. Program in historic preservation or related area, please do so. It would be a great program. There doesn't have to be more than one or two, but it is very necessary. Thanks.

      I do have the advice that if you are interested in these programs, call around and talk to the professors. Talk to students. If you can't get a hold of any students, let me know and I will dig up a few. They will key you in on the little things, things like how the professors teach, what papers are like, and what the student life is like. Those can be just as important as understanding what the classes involve. Check it out first. Don't just assume that because it sounds good, you want to go. If you have any questions that you can't seem to find answers for, let me know and I will do some digging.

      Another key point to keep in mind is that most students get an undergrad in history or something else, then go on to get a graduate degree in Historic Preservation. I didn't. I got the undergrad at Roger Williams and then went for my masters. It isn't the best way to go, but it isn't the worst. But the point I am making, is that either way you will have strong skills for preservation. If you do the undergrad in preservation. think about programs you might be interested for graduate school, such as planning, architecture, or history.

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