View the most commonly asked questions about the Historic Preservation Program.
Completing the program could be the first step along the way to further academic study, a chance to get a foot in the door of museum work and archaeology, or just simply an opportunity to indulge a passion for historical heritage.
A: No, but the program requires you to take at least five of them. You are free to tailor your class selection to the aspects of the preservation field that best suit your own goals and interests. Contact the program head if you have any questions about the curriculum or about the possibility of course substitutions.
A: If you want to continue you academic education in historic preservation, many schools allow incoming students to transfer credits. Which classes and how many credits vary by school.
If you have taken preservation-related classes at other institutions, they may be accepted by NOVA. Contact the program head for more details.
A: All program students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship in Historic Preservation (HIS 199) as the culmination of their studies. The internship provides a chance to acquire "hands-on" experience at a historic site, museum, or government agency somewhere in the northern Virginia region.
In the past students have interned with the National Archives, the National Park Service, Quantico Marine Museum, the Fairfax County Museum, Dodona Manor, and Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. We’re always looking for new sites to place our students.
Contact the program head well in advance of the semester in which you want to complete an internship to talk about the possibilities.
A: Currently, the Historic Preservation Program is based at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus in Sterling, Va. However, we are looking into the possibility of offering courses at other campuses or online. Stay tuned!
A: You can move at your own pace through the program depending on your other time commitments. At a pace of two or three classes per semester, you can finish up in four semesters (1½ -2 years).
A: You will receive a certificate from the College stating that you have successfully completed the program of study in Historic Preservation.
There are several colleges and universities in Virginia and the Washington, DC region that offer undergraduate concentrations and/or graduate degrees in historic preservation. Here are some of the most prominent ones: