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Historic Preservation, Master of Arts

Historic Preservation, Master of Arts

Historic Preservation at Ursuline where diversity and breadth of experience transform your interests into a career to last a lifetime.

This is an interdisciplinary degree program where you’ll immerse yourself in the community guided by mentors. Courses actively involve you in Historic Preservation as you document buildings and historic sites, then work with community and government leaders to prepare plans for the preservation, redevelopment and adaptive reuse of those sites. You will then write the grant applications needed to fund those planned projects. Finally, you will document each portion of the process to provide a historic record for the community and future generations.

What’s special about our program?

  • small classes.
  • faculty members who are engaged professionals with specialized skills who actively involve you in projects outside as well as inside the classroom.
  • unique location allows easy access to cityscape, ethnic neighborhoods, rural villages, and Amish farmsteads, all actively used as learning laboratories.
  • focus on field study.
  • nurturing of your individual interests and the building of a professional portfolio to prepare you for entering the profession.
  • recognition by the National Council for Preservation Education for the strength of our curriculum.
  • approach to the intellectual and emotional connection to the natural and built environment through the lens of personal experience in exploring issues of historic significance in relation to majority and minority populations, to groups that have been silent as well as those that are vocal, and to the role gender plays in the social construct and perception of place.
  • strong intersections between Ursuline’s liberal arts tradition and the needs of the Historic Preservation profession in the 21st century.

Historic Preservation at Ursuline where diversity and breadth of experience transform your interests into a career to last a lifetime.

This is an interdisciplinary degree program where you’ll immerse yourself in the community guided by mentors. Courses actively involve you in Historic Preservation as you document buildings and historic sites, then work with community and government leaders to prepare plans for the preservation, redevelopment and adaptive reuse of those sites. You will then write the grant applications needed to fund those planned projects. Finally, you will document each portion of the process to provide a historic record for the community and future generations.

What’s special about our program?

  • small classes.
  • faculty members who are engaged professionals with specialized skills who actively involve you in projects outside as well as inside the classroom.
  • unique location allows easy access to cityscape, ethnic neighborhoods, rural villages, and Amish farmsteads, all actively used as learning laboratories.
  • focus on field study.
  • nurturing of your individual interests and the building of a professional portfolio to prepare you for entering the profession.
  • recognition by the National Council for Preservation Education for the strength of our curriculum.
  • approach to the intellectual and emotional connection to the natural and built environment through the lens of personal experience in exploring issues of historic significance in relation to majority and minority populations, to groups that have been silent as well as those that are vocal, and to the role gender plays in the social construct and perception of place.
  • strong intersections between Ursuline’s liberal arts tradition and the needs of the Historic Preservation profession in the 21st century.

Historic Preservation is one of the fastest growing fields within Public History and Applied History today. Historic Preservationists contribute to the preservation of cultural memory through a wide variety of professional opportunities in:

  • National Park Service
  • state preservation and transportation departments
  • local government planning and landmark commissions
  • historic sites and parks
  • heritage corridors
  • preservation and conservation organizations
  • architectural and design firms
  • revitalization projects
  • environmental consulting agencies
  • educators
  • and more.


Graduates in historic preservation:

  • Become leaders in preserving cultural memory
  • Integrate the Ursuline Mission with emphasis on values and social responsibility as they make unique contributions to their world
  • Communicate effectively in the language of the discipline and deliver presentations to build awareness of preservation issues
  • Coordinate preservation initiatives
  • Accurately document buildings and historic sites
  • Write successful nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, National Historic Landmarks, National Heritage Areas and Ohio Historic Markers
  • Survey and appraise cultural resources for government and community agencies
  • Prepare plans for adaptive reuse and rehabilitation
  • Demonstrate the economic advantages of rehabilitation and adaptive reuse
  • Dialogue with community and government leaders to champion a sustainable society
  • Consult for architectural, engineering, environmental, interior design, government and other cultural resource organizations
  • Advocate the protection of vulnerable properties from demolition
  • Participate in preservation legal cases
  • Write successful grant applications

Students may pursue their Master of Arts in Historic Preservation either full or part time. Two primary curriculum paths lead to the master’s degree:

  • HIP 589 Foundations in Preserving Cultural Memory
  • HiP 500 Research Methods I
  • HiP 555 Preservation Law
  • HiP 560 Conservation Studio
  • HiP 501 Research Methods II
  • HiP 504 Survey and Nomination
  • HiP 565 Preservation Planning
  • HiP 570 Adaptive ReUse
  • HiP 502 Grant Writing
  • HiP 525 Documenting and Recording Historical Properties
  • HiP 550 Issues and Ethics in Preserving Cultural Memory
  • HiP 600 Thesis I
  • HiP 601 Thesis II
  • Elective/Independent Study/Internship

Marilynn Butler, PhD
Nurete Brenner, PhD
Anthony Cafarelli, PhD, Department Chair
Debra Fleming, PhD
Laura Hammel, PhD
Gina Messina-Dysert, PhD

Are you ready?

If you’re ready to see how you can change the world as an Ursuline student, begin your application below. Not ready to apply yet? Start learning more about Ursuline by requesting information or visiting today.

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