Specialization Tracks in Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Program at the University of Maryland strives to provide its students with a broad education that prepares its graduates for work in the interdisciplinary fields of historic preservation. Our program mission calls us to work towards a future when preservation practice will be instrumental in telling a more complete story of our shared history, and that fosters fairness, equity, and justice while engaging our community and building long-term relationships. This will entail assessing the strengths and weaknesses of current preservation policies; increasing the skills required to take advantage of the technological advances made in digital documentation; and advocating for socially and environmentally just practice. We recognize the importance of encouraging our students in achieving these goals, and to meet these challenges, we have provided a framework to facilitate pursuing the specializations. The courses listed below are preapproved electives for each of the tracks, which include offerings from across the University that complement coursework found in the Historic Preservation Program.

The opportunity to pursue one of the specialization tracks is available to any student pursuing a degree in historic preservation. Students enrolled in one of the dual degrees (with Architecture, Planning, Real Estate Development, Anthropology, History, or Landscape Architecture) have limited opportunities to enroll in elective courses, however, and pursuing a specialization may require those individuals to extend the duration of their coursework.