Welcome to the Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies at Rutgers University. At this time in our rapidly changing world, and with extreme challenges to cultural heritage from urban development, conflict, climate change, and globalization, citizen and heritage specialist education and participation in cultural heritage protection and preservation activities is critical at community, national, and international levels.
Established in 2009, and housed within the Art History Department, the interdisciplinary CHAPS program now offers heritage and preservation courses for undergraduate and graduate certificates as well as MA, MA/JD, and Ph.D. Art History – CHAPS track degrees. Our faculty and instructors include specialists from the fields of art history, archaeology, anthropology, cultural resource management, landscape architecture, American studies, public policy and planning, and law. CHAPS teaching interests include site, building, monument, and landscape preservation and protection, architectural preservation and conservation, material culture studies, disaster planning and mitigation, historic preservation, cultural resource management, urban heritage, cultural resource law, museology, and digital heritage.
In 2013, CHAPS signed a five-year renewable memorandum of understanding with UNESCO, which, through its World Heritage Centre, provides CHAPS students with the possibility of exchanges and summer programs that will put them on the front lines of global heritage study and policy-making, including engagement with critical topics such as World Heritage Centre listings and their impacts on communities, nations, and regional economies, the ramifications of ethnic conflict and climate change on the preservation of world monuments, repatriation, cultural tourism, and the protection and preservation of historic urban centers. Our goal at CHAPS is to become a model of interdisciplinary interaction, innovative thinking, and creative teaching and research in the fields of cultural heritage and preservation studies. Please explore our website for more information on our programs, faculty, students, and projects.
Located a short commute from New York and easily accessible to Philadelphia and Washington DC, CHAPS offers invaluable opportunities, both through coursework and internships, for student interaction with important museums, varied cultural institutions, national and international preservation organizations, non-profit and government agencies, and distinguished professionals.
On campus, specialized research centers and institutes, including centers for for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA); Urban Policy Research; African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and British Studies; as well as the Eagleton Institute of Politics; and the Initiative on Climate and Society offer opportunities to engage across disciplines on cultural heritage issues with students and specialists in related fields.