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Cultural and Historic Preservation, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Newport, RI, United States
The Cultural and Historic Preservation program of Salve Regina University prepares students for careers that explore and protect the places, objects and stories that create our history.
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As one of only nine undergraduate programs recognized by the National Council for Preservation Education, the Cultural and Historic Preservation program of Salve Regina University provides a diverse foundation in the field’s major disciplines, including architectural history, archaeology, museum studies and urban planning.

Our Program

Our program emphasizes the cultural relationships between people, objects and buildings and teaches students to preserve the stories that give those material things meaning. Our unique curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in architectural history, archaeology and preservation planning. We also offer a streamlined double major with art history for those students planning for a career in the museum field. Because we believe that experience is the best teacher, our students learn preservation by doing preservation, and we take full advantage of the world-class architecture and living laboratory that surrounds us. We employ the buildings and objects on our campus and in the city of Newport to help students develop valuable skill sets.

Through coursework and required internships, students photograph and create measured drawings of historic architecture, conduct archival research, participate in archaeological excavation and collaborate on the development of museum exhibits. We also train our students in cutting-edge preservation technology, including geographic information systems (GIS), photogrammetry, 3D digital modeling, aerial drone photography and archaeological geophysics (ground-penetrating radar, magnetic gradiometry and soil resistivity).

Life After Salve

Our students are uniquely positioned with the knowledge and experience they need for successful careers. As a result, we have an established record of placing our graduates in the nation’s leading preservation agencies, firms and organizations.

  • Local and state government: An ever-increasing number of municipalities employ preservation planners, and every state has a historic preservation office. 
  • Federal government: A broad range of preservation work is available through the National Park Service.
  • Private cultural resource management firms: These firms do contract work for clients ranging from private landowners to state governments, and also perform architecture documentation and evaluation. 
  • Private preservation organizations that maintain historic sites: There are hundreds - if not thousands - of local preservation organizations scattered across the country.
  • Preservation contracting firms: Hands-on preservation work is a well-defined niche in the building industry, and there is a critical shortage of trained and skilled artisans in the historic building trades. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Historic Preservation 
  • Historic Building Documentation
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Historic Site Management
  • American Architecture Survey
  • Internship

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Application and personal statement
  • Please submit an official copy of your secondary school transcript (in English) showing the courses and grades/marks you received for the most recent 3-4 years of schooling
  • The submission of SAT and/or ACT test scores is optional except for applicants to the nursing and education programs, who must submit official results
  • Two letters of recommendation are required
  • To confirm the spelling of your name and date of birth, we ask applicants to submit a copy of their passport photo ID page

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21110 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21110 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Newport

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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