ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Historic Preservation at Goucher?

The historic preservation minor is designed for students interested in the stewardship and future of America’s historic buildings, structures, and landscapes. Basic historic preservation courses emphasize the theory and history of historic preservation and the various tools and techniques used to document cultural resources.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

Basic historic preservation courses emphasize the theory and history of historic preservation and the various tools and techniques used to document cultural resources.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Each course challenges students to think critically and to improve their writing and oral presentation skills. Because the minor is part of the Visual and Material Culture Program, students are encouraged to also take courses in this program. The historic preservation minor is composed of five courses, which may also be applied towards the visual and material culture major and minor.


Program Contact
April Oettinger, Department Chair, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture

Tina Hirsch Sheller, Assistant Professor of Visual and Material Culture

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher economics students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Study abroad opportunities for history students include History, Society, and Culture in West Africa, which examines the historical, social, political, and cultural issues in Ghana, Tofo, and Benin; and Odessa: Charm City on the Black Sea, in which students learn about Russian/Jewish history. Visit the Office of Global Education website for more information.

Opportunities & Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Students of history and historic preservation are placed in agencies, libraries, archives, museums, preservation organizations, historical societies, governmental agencies, and at historic sites for practical experience. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in history or historic preservation. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Education Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Handshake — a website for job postings, events, resumes/cover letters, and career management.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.

Alumni SpotlightChevron iconJackson Gilman-Forlini ’12

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Jackson Gilman-Forlini ’12

“My employer was looking for someone who studied historic preservation at the undergraduate level and there are few programs out there. Just by offering that program alone allowed me to be competitive in the job market.”

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