Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

Master of Arts in Historic Preservation

The MAHP program prepares students for 21st century careers in historic preservation and heritage conservation through rigorous scholarship, application of critical thinking to practice, and advocacy and community engagement in the service of social justice and sustainability. Through a curriculum and a faculty that grounds students in a broad base of knowledge in the theory, history,and practice of preservation as a framework for specialization, the program seeks to achieve the following outcomes, with graduates being able to:

  1. Use and apply key concepts in the theory and practice of historic preservation in the United States to advance preservation goals and assess their utility.

  2. Articulate, explain, and justify ways in which heritage preservation relies on interrelationships between the built environment, community engagement, and heritage sustainability as the field has expanded beyond the preservation of buildings.

  3. Envision, assess, and develop new directions for effective work in heritage, planning, standard preservation programs and innovative ways to steward senses of place and foster supportive communities.

  4. Demonstrate preparedness for careers in government at various levels, work as consultants or in advocacy organizations, or create new types of careers in partnerships with sustainability, resilience, social justice, housing, or other sectors that shape the built environment.

  5. Qualify as professionals in historic preservation as defined by 36 CFR Part 61, Code of Federal Regulations. 

Updated: February 2019

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