Classes & Degree Programs
Learn more about historic preservation at these North Carolina campuses.
UNCG Historic Preservation & Museum Studies Program
The University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) provides a multi-disciplinary approach to Historic Preservation offering graduate degrees and a certificate through both the History and Interior Architecture Departments.
UNCG students have the option of pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Historic Preservation, a Master of Arts in History with a Museum Studies Concentration, or an MFA in Interior Architecture with a specialization in Historic Preservation. Launched in 2000, this collaboration between the History and Interior Architecture departments provides students a unique opportunity to utilize the resources of both departments, offering students a multitude of education tools for professional growth. One such opportunity is a three-week preservation field school where students gain hands-on experience under the guidance of skilled restoration and rehabilitation craftspeople.
The Historic Dimension Series includes illustrated briefs on a variety of topics created by students in the historic preservation curriculum offered by the Interior Architecture Department at UNCG. Visit: https://gateway.uncg.edu/islandora/object/community:CC0066
UNC Chapel Hill Planning Program
Since 1946 the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has been providing students with an excellent education in the planning field.
UNC Chapel Hill was the first planning program in the United States with its principal university base in the social sciences instead of in architecture or landscape design. The department now offers a wide range of degrees, including a Doctoral Program, Master’s Program, and Undergraduate Minor. Students also have the option to enroll in certificate programs. There are over 50 courses offered by the department each year, allowing students to concentrate in specializations such as community development, economic development, environmental planning, land-use planning and design, and transportation planning. The strength of UNC’s planning program is found in a strong student base, engaged faculty, and real-world exercises and projects that include community service.
ECU Public History Program
The Department of History at Eastern Carolina University in Greenville offers numerous degrees in Public History, including a B.S. in Public History, an M.A. in History with concentration in Public History, and an undergraduate minor in Public History. ECU’s history programs provide students with lifelong skills, such as critical thinking and effective writing, which prepare the students for careers at non-profit agencies, museums, archives, and historic sites.
NC State Public History Program
The department of history at NC State University offers students a 36-credit-hour M.A. degree in public history. The program has maintained one of the highest placement rates in the country, with graduates working with archives, museums, libraries, historic preservation agencies, historic sites, cultural resource firms, national parks and forests, and historical firms.
The program has been evolving since the late 1960s when the Department of History created a M.A. “minor” in archival management. The program expanded in 1982 with a full M.A. degree in archival management, and 10 years later the program developed a museum studies track. The program continues to grow, now offering courses in oral history, documentary editing, cultural memory, and digital history.
UNC-Wilmington Public History Program
Southeastern North Carolina boasts a rich network of museums, archives, historical societies, documentary filmmakers, and historic preservation agencies, as well as one of the top public regional universities in the south. Since the 1980s, the public history program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington has provided a vital link between the University and the Cape Fear region’s wide variety of institutions that preserve and communicate history to the public.
UNCW’s public history program introduces undergraduates to the practice of history outside of traditional classrooms and prepares graduate students for positions in museums, historic sites, and historic preservation. Further, the program provides historical services for area institutions and government agencies and develops innovative public projects that engage a broad range of audiences. UNCW’s students and alumni are making waves, and enhancing the quality of life, in Wilmington and throughout the region!
If you are considering a career in public history, consider attending UNCW as either a graduate or undergraduate. The integrated curriculum, opportunities for community engagement, committed faculty, and teaching resources combine to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for productive careers in public history.
Cape Fear Community College Historic Preservation Construction Certificate
(in partnership with the Historic Wilmington Foundation)
Offered through the Workforce Training program at CFCC, the Historic Preservation Construction program teaches students how to properly renovate old homes and commercial buildings, using appropriate techniques that suit the needs of historic structures. After taking three 96-hour courses, students will earn a certification in Historic Preservation Construction, endorsed by the Historic Wilmington Foundation.
Wilmington’s built history makes this city extraordinary. Training more contractors who understand how to work with old buildings helps to strengthen our local job market and ensure a strong future for our historic homes and businesses.
The Historic Preservation Construction program is geared toward contractors and those with a background in construction. Given Wilmington’s abundance of old buildings and a shortage of contractors to help repair and maintain them, Historic Preservation Construction is a win-win for the community.
Topics covered will include wooden window repair, masonry, roofing, and sustainability, just to name a few! The course instructor and guest speakers will cover how to approach each rehabilitation and restoration with an understanding of Wilmington’s architecture and historic district regulations.
UNC Charlotte Master of Science in Architecture – Critical Heritage Studies Program
Starting in Fall 2023, the School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte introduced a new concentration in its Master of Science in Architecture program. In partnership with colleagues in the Public History program and rooted in the interdisciplinary arts context of the College of Arts + Architecture (CoA+A), the program seeks to diversify the field of heritage professionals and the heritage preserved by providing training that situates historic preservation in a critical and transdisciplinary context, engages the global and local, diversifies approaches and practices, and promotes experiential learning, community engagement, and social and environmental sustainability. Coursework includes theory and methods courses in heritage studies, preservation, oral history, ethnography, museum studies, and digital history as well as internships and project-based studio labs with real clients or community partners. The program also seeks to foreground research and is allied with the newly established CoA+A Center for Community, Heritage, and the Arts (CHArt).