Welcome to the Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) at Rutgers University.
The study of cultural heritage and preservation has been concerned with the management of material change over time, but a recognition of diverse definitions and practices for cultural heritage and its preservation means our focus today also includes the study of changing contexts, relationships, scales, and values.
Crossing boundaries between the humanities and social sciences and based in the Department of Art History, CHAPS provides a unique opportunity in the USA to study cultural heritage and preservation issues and practices within local, national, and global contexts. We offer undergraduate and graduate Certificates in Historic Preservation in collaboration with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, a Master of Arts degree in Art History with a concentration in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies, a MA/JD dual degree in collaboration with the Rutgers Law School and a Ph.D. in Art History with a concentration in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies.
This interdisciplinary program attracts students from a variety of disciplines and diverse backgrounds. It is designed both for students who wish to study cultural heritage as an academic subject, and those who wish to apply those skills in a broad range of non-academic employment opportunities. CHAPS combines a rigorous academic program with opportunities for professional training through field work and professional internships. Faculty includes both scholars and practicing professionals in the field, and course offerings are drawn from a variety of departments within the university. Our faculty and instructors include specialists from the fields of art history, archaeology, anthropology, cultural resource management, classics, architecture, landscape architecture, American studies, public history, public policy and planning, and law.