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Cultural and Historic Preservation

Salve Regina University

48 months
44200 USD/year
44200 USD/year
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The Cultural and Historic Preservation program from Salve Regina University prepares students for careers that explore and protect the places, objects and stories that create our history.


As one of only nine undergraduate programs recognized by the National Council for Preservation Education, the Cultural and Historic Preservation program at 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. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Anthropology: Interpreting Cultural Differences
  • Historic Building Documentation
  • History of the United States Since 1877
  • Historic Site Management
  • American Architecture Survey
  • Internship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application.
  • $50 application fee.
  • Official high school transcript, including grades from the senior year.
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a school counselor and one from the teacher of your choice).
  • Personal essay.
    • SAT/ACT scores (our CEEB code is 3759).
    • Two letters of recommendation are required, one from a college counselor/advisor and the other from a teacher who has taught you in an academic subject, such as English, mathematics, science or social studies.

Tuition Fee

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    44200 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 44200 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    44200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 44200 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Newport

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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