About the Program
The breadth of historic preservation is reflected in the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program at Goucher College. Founded in 1995 as the nation's first limited-residency graduate program in the field, our students have included long-time preservationists who wish to add to their knowledge, professionals in related fields who seek to specialize in historic preservation, as well as those who wish to change careers. Specifically designed for students who cannot, for family or professional reasons, attend traditional on-campus programs, courses are conducted electronically and by telecommunication during traditional fall and spring semesters. On-campus residency requirements are limited to two-week summer sessions.
The program consists of required and elective courses including a thesis. During the first summer residency, students develop an individual course of study tailored to their interests. To accommodate work-related and family obligations, students may elect to complete the program in as few as three years or as many as five.
The faculty for the program is drawn from the nation's leading historic preservation practitioners and academics. Serving as tutors and mentors rather than traditional lecturers, the faculty meets with students during the on-campus summer residencies as well as maintains close contact throughout the off-campus semesters. They provide students with a depth of experience, as well as academic rigor.
Lawana Holland-Moore (MAHP Student) received a Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholarship from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The scholarship provides financial assistance and experiential learning opportunities to individuals preparing for careers in historic preservation. Its purpose is to increase the diversity of people pursuing degrees and careers in historic preservation in the United States. As part of the scholarship, Lawana presented a paper at the Trust's annual meeting in Savannah on underrepresented communities in preservation. She also recently posted "Preservation Perceptions and Moving Forward" on the Trust's Forum blog.
Jen Sparenberg (MAHP Student) recently posted "Smith Island Looks to Its Future" on the Maryland Historical Trust blog. Jen is the Trust's Hazard Mitigation Program Officer focusing on historic resources in Maryland endangered by climate change and other hazards.
Ann Horowitz (MAHP 2013), preservation planner for the City of Alexandria, VA, has been invited to give a presentation on the effects of sea level rise on historic resources at the 40th annual California Preservation Conference in San Diego next month. She will be joined by Lisa Craig, Preservation Planner, City of Annapolis, MD. The city has been working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation on developing protocols for protecting historic properties from rising sea levels. Ann's master's thesis focused on the effects of sea level rise on historic resources on the East and Gulf Coasts.
Kate Egan (MAHP 2006) is now Company Manger for The Illusionists - Witness the Impossible, currently touring North America. Kate's master's thesis focused on continuity and change in historic areas as illustrated by Forrest Park, St. Louis.