Major in Cultural and Historic Preservation (B.A.)

Our cultural and historic preservation curriculum introduces students to the multitude of ways that historic preservation and cultural resource management affect everyday life in the United States. Majors develop critical and analytic skills as they study the interactions between material culture, the built environment and American society, both in the past and the present.

To earn the bachelor's degree, students take a minimum of 15 courses (45 credits).

Required courses:

  • CHP170: Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • CHP180: Preservation Planning Studio
  • CHP190: Introduction to Archaeology
  • CHP250: Internship
  • CHP262: Historic Site Management
  • CHP301: American Architecture Survey
  • CHP305: Newport Through its Architecture I: 1639-1860
  • CHP306: Newport Through its Architecture II: 1860-Present
  • CHP395: Senior Seminar
  • CHP490: Senior Thesis
  • SOA130: Anthropology: Interpreting Cultural Differences
  • Two additional electives in cultural and historic preservation

Students also choose two of the following history courses:

  • HIS113: History of the United States to 1877
  • HIS114: History of the United States Since 1877
  • HIS313: American Immigrant Experience
  • HIS316: American Economic History
  • HIS322: Urban America