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Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation

Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation

Studying Historic Preservation at Ursuline will prepare you to make sustainable and unique contributions to the world by preserving cultural memory and its lessons.

Historic preservation supports and enhances the community by protecting and improving districts, neighborhoods, structures, works of art, and other significant elements of material culture and cultural memory. Ursuline offers the only Historic Preservation program in Ohio, and one of only a few in the US. What makes us most unique is our “bridge” program, through which you can earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Nationally recognized by the National Council on Preservation Education for the strength and depth or our curriculum, you’ll put your knowledge in Preservation into practice every semester.

In this hands-on, interdisciplinary program, you will work directly with the heritage buildings and sites of northeastern Ohio and with community and government leaders to prepare plans for the preservation, redevelopment, and adaptive reuse of those sites. You’ll also practice critical real-world skills like grant writing to fund those planned projects and documenting a historic record for future generations. You’ll also have access to a host of amazing internship opportunities. Historic Preservation majors have interned at Stan Hywet Hall, Western Reserve Historical Society, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, to name a few. And you’ll work with real professionals, both inside and outside of the classroom. Our faculty include real-world architects, architectural historians, master restoration specialists, historic preservation consultants, grant writers, and lawyers who are actively engaged in preservation work outside (and inside) the classroom.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll explore the richness and depth of our cultural identity and experience.
  • You’ll mine the remnants of the past to interpret values and lessons from cultural landscapes, innovative architecture, and artifacts.
  • You’ll develop the skills to identify the most meaningful and sustainable elements of our created environment.
  • You’ll ensure that our cultural heritage resources enrich our quality of life.
  • You’ll be ready to protect and enhance the appreciation of our cultural legacy.

Learn more about this program on the Historic Preservation Department’s homepage.

Studying Historic Preservation at Ursuline will prepare you to make sustainable and unique contributions to the world by preserving cultural memory and its lessons.

Historic preservation supports and enhances the community by protecting and improving districts, neighborhoods, structures, works of art, and other significant elements of material culture and cultural memory. Ursuline offers the only Historic Preservation program in Ohio, and one of only a few in the US. What makes us most unique is our “bridge” program, through which you can earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Nationally recognized by the National Council on Preservation Education for the strength and depth or our curriculum, you’ll put your knowledge in Preservation into practice every semester.

In this hands-on, interdisciplinary program, you will work directly with the heritage buildings and sites of northeastern Ohio and with community and government leaders to prepare plans for the preservation, redevelopment, and adaptive reuse of those sites. You’ll also practice critical real-world skills like grant writing to fund those planned projects and documenting a historic record for future generations. You’ll also have access to a host of amazing internship opportunities. Historic Preservation majors have interned at Stan Hywet HallWestern Reserve Historical Society, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, to name a few. And you’ll work with real professionals, both inside and outside of the classroom. Our faculty include real-world architects, architectural historians, master restoration specialists, historic preservation consultants, grant writers, and lawyers who are actively engaged in preservation work outside (and inside) the classroom.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll explore the richness and depth of our cultural identity and experience.
  • You’ll mine the remnants of the past to interpret values and lessons from cultural landscapes, innovative architecture, and artifacts.
  • You’ll develop the skills to identify the most meaningful and sustainable elements of our created environment.
  • You’ll ensure that our cultural heritage resources enrich our quality of life.
  • You’ll be ready to protect and enhance the appreciation of our cultural legacy.

Learn more about this program on the Historic Preservation Department’s homepage.

Historic preservation is one of the fastest growing fields in applied history. As a professional Preservationist, you will:

  • Deliver presentations to build awareness for preservation issues.
  • Coordinate preservation initiatives.
  • Document buildings and historic sites.
  • Write nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, National Historic Landmarks, National Heritage Areas, and Ohio Historic Markers Survey.
  • Appraise cultural resources for government and community agencies.
  • Plan 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.
  • Protect vulnerable properties from demolition.
  • Participate in preservation legal cases.
  • Write grant applications.

Preservation creates thousands of high-paying, high-skilled jobs. Where do preservationists work?

  • Architectural and design firms
  • Conservation organizations
  • Engineering firms
  • Environmental consulting agencies
  • Heritage corridors
  • Historic sites and parks
  • Government planning departments and landmark commissions
  • Museums
  • National Park Service
  • Restoration companies
  • And more

You’ll take the following classes, in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfil the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation:

  • Historic Preservation 125 – Intro to Historic Preservation (3 credits)
  • Historic Preservation 210 – Materials and Methods (3 credits)
  • Historic Preservation 220 – Architectural Drawing (3 credits)
  • Historic Preservation 225 – Architectural History
  • Historic Preservation 260 – Computer Aided Drawing
  • Historic Preservation 270 – Codes and Requirements
  • Historic Preservation 325 – American Architecture
  • Historic Preservation 345 – Furniture History
  • Historic Preservation 355 – Cleveland Architecture
  • Historic Preservation 425 – Documentation
  • Historic Preservation 450 – Issues in Historic Preservation
  • Historic Preservation 455 – Preservation Law
  • Historic Preservation 460 – Conservation
  • Historic Preservation 465 – Preservation Planning
  • Historic Preservation 470 – Adaptive Reuse
  • Historic Preservation 475 – Academic Internship
  • Art 210 – Visual Communication Design
  • Public Relations 321 – Grant Writing
  • One of the following: Historic Preservation 290 – Cleveland Sacred Landmarks or Historic Preservation 420 – World Sacred Landmarks

 

To minor in Historic Preservation, take the following classes:

  • Historic Preservation 125 – Intro to Historic Preservation (3 credits)
  • Historic Preservation 425 – Documentation
  • Historic Preservation 450 – Issues in Historic Preservation
  • Historic Preservation 455 – Preservation Law
  • Historic Preservation 465 – Preservation Planning
  • Three Historic Preservation electives from Historic Preservation 225 – Architectural History, Historic Preservation 325 – American Architecture, Historic Preservation 345 – Furniture History, Historic Preservation 355 – Cleveland Architecture, History 290 – World Sacred Landmarks, or History 420 – Cleveland Sacred Landmarks

 

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

Bari Oyler Stith, Ph.D., Director

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