NOVA's Certificate Program in Historic Preservation is designed to help students acquire a solid foundation in the theories, methods, and skills used in the fields of historic preservation, museum studies, and archaeology. Ours is the only such program at the graduate or undergraduate level in Northern Virginia and is one of the only a handful of community college-based Historic Preservation programs in the country.
The eight-course curriculum was designed by nationally-known preservation professionals and prominent local government and community leaders, and inspired by Northern Virginia's wealth of historic structures, archaeological sites and battlefields. Students don't just sit in the classroom -- they get out into our region's broader historical community. Field work and professional internships are vital components of our program, and our students receive a genuinely "hands-on" introduction to historic preservation.
NOVA's Historic Preservation Certificate Program is an ideal place to begin if you're interested in training to become a historic preservation professional or just want to deepen your own appreciation of Northern Virginia’s historic heritage.
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The Fairfax/Loudoun area offers extensive opportunities for preservation education through its many sites, museums and organizations. NOVA and its partners offer our students significant opportunities to learn directly from professionals in the field. Our advisory committee reflects these collaborations, and suggests the numerous possibilities for student internships.