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.
Kim O'Connell (MAHP 2006) was awarded a Writing Fellowship for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts based at Sweet Briar College. VCCA was founded in 1971 near Charlottesville, VA and is the only creative arts program in the country associated with an institution of higher education. Fellows in writing, the creative arts, and theater spend up to two weeks at the Center, allowing them to think, talk and interact with other fellows without the distraction of day-to-day activities. Kim will be in residence in January 2015.
Brian Horne (MAHP 2013) presented a paper, based on his thesis "Hopstoric" Preservation at the annual conference of the Society for Industrial Archeology's annual conference in Portland this spring. Brian's thesis examined the reuse of historic industrial spaces for micro-breweries, and the relationship between the buildings and the images projected by the companies.
Lawana Holland Moore is the recipient of the 2014 The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholarship for Graduate Study in Historic Preservation. The award provides her with an internship with the National Trust, scholarship to support her graduate studies in the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program at Goucher College, and support to participate in the Trust's PastForward Conference in Savannah, Georgia.