Certificate in Historic Preservation

The Certificate in Historic Preservation is available to Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students. It offers students a theoretical and practical introduction to the field of historic preservation through a combination of coursework and a supervised internship. Certificate students must be “concurrent” students who undertake the program in combination with a Rutgers’ bachelor or graduate degree, for example, in History, Political Science, Art History, Anthropology, or Archaeology. Students from Urban Planning and SEBS also participate.

The Certificate will be conferred only in conjunction with the awarding a B.A. or graduate degree in an established department or other degree-granting program of the University.

Requirements (The historic preservation certificate includes a total of four courses and one internship.) 

Four courses: 12 credits

  • Required: Foundations in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies 
  • Choose one: Histories and Theories of Historic Preservation  OR Policy or: Development and Preservation in Large Cities: An International Perspective 
  • Two electives (Contact the CHAPS assistant director or the art history Program Administrator for a list of current approved electives)

One Internship: 3 credits

A supervised internship must be approved in advance by the director of CHAPS. In order to earn credits, the student must obtain an evaluation from the host institution and submit a report.

Students doing an internship in the summer must register for the relevant course(s) the following Fall semester.

Application

To be eligible for the Certificate students must have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher and must submit an application form to the Assistant Director of CHAPS.. A Certificate in Historic Preservation will be awarded to all students who complete the program with an average of B or higher. The Certificate will be conferred only with the awarding a B.A. or graduate degree in an established department or other degree-granting program of the University.

Rutgers students can subscribe to the Historic Preservation mailing list run by the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and CHAPS here.