Master of Science Program in Historic Preservation
701 East Bay Street, Suite 202
Charleston, SC 29401
Carter L. Hudgins
The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is a collaborative effort between Clemson University and the College of Charleston. The program, which is based full time in Charleston, South Carolina, offers the Master of Science in Historic Preservation and a Certificate in Historic Preservation. This joint degree program admits fifteen students per year to a two-year course of study and includes intensive preparation in architectural documentation and forensics.
The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is a unique collaborative effort launched by Clemson University and the College of Charleston in 2004. The program, which is based in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a two-year course of study that leads to the Master of Science in Historic Preservation degree. The program is interdisciplinary in character and admits small and selective classes composed of a wide range of undergraduate majors who are interested in building national careers in historic preservation.
The MSHP program is unique in many ways, its partnership between two universities being one of its hallmarks. It is unique by location in what is arguably America's best-preserved city and unique in the ways it draws on the professional community and restoration firms and organizations active in the region. It is unique as well in the way it combines traditional tools of architectural analysis and documentation with rigorous training in conservation science. The MSHP curriculum occupies the intersection of documentation, conservation science, and architectural diagnostics.
The mission of the collaborative Clemson University / College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is to educate future leaders in the documentation, evaluation, interpretation, and conservation of historic structures, sites, objects, and landscapes with the goal of developing appropriate preservation strategies for a sustainable future.
- Historic Preservation
- Material Culture
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Historic Preservation Internship in Historic Preservation is a required 3-hour course completed during the summer between the first and second year in the program. Students arrange their Internships with support from program faculty and staff. Internship require 300 hours of work with an organization whose mission and programs are related to historic preservation's broad goals and are culminated by written and oral reports. Recent internship sponsors include Central Park Conservancy, Falling Water, the Historic American Building Survey (HABS), International Committee on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service (Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon parks), and local organizations and foundations as well as preservation practitioners in America and Europe.
Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years
AEON Preservation Services, City of Boulder (CO), City of Charlotte (NC), City of Columbia (SC), Congressional Cemetery (DC), Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic American Building Survey, Historic New England, John Milner Associates, Louis Berger, National Park Service (NE Region Conservation Ctr), National Trust for Historic Preservation, Nebraska Department of Archives and History, New South Associates, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Parsons Brinckerhoff, South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Texas A&M University, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.