Ph.D. Concentration in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies
This 12 credit concentration within the Department of Art History Ph.D program provides participants with the opportunity broaden and give depth to their art historical/archaeological areas of specialization through the exploration of cross-disciplinary and global approaches to the analysis of monuments, sites and works of art within the context of World Heritage.
The CHAPS concentration is an appropriate complement for all of the fields of specialization currently offered in the Department of Art History. Students are encouraged to think broadly and cross-culturally, and to integrate relevant theory and practice into their art historical research, writing, and teaching. The concentration provides participants with additional areas of competence that will enhance career opportunities both outside and within academia. Cultural Heritage Preservation is a fast growing trans-disciplinary academic field at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Potential employers outside of academia include: museums-ranging from encyclopedia to highly specialized; cultural institutions and sites; governmental and non-governmental agencies dealing with tangible and intangible cultural heritage (the World Monuments Fund, UNESCO, ICOMOS, for example); auction houses; local, regional and national preservation offices; historic preservation commissions and societies; preservation advocacy organizations; cultural resource management firms; architectural and landscape architecture firms; and design or planning firms (national and international focus). Cultural Heritage Preservation is a fast growing trans-disciplinary academic field as well.
CHAPS provides a unique opportunity for students to study cultural heritage preservation within a global context. In 2013, the program entered into a five year renewable Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO. Working in partnership with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, this collaboration provides opportunities for collaborative research projects and exchanges, summer programs and workshops, as well as events and activities such as exhibitions and conferences. We are certain that, as in many other fields, a global view will increasingly inform 21st century national, state, and local preservation policy.
There is a strong multidisciplinary and cross-cultural emphasis as well. Faculty includes member of the Departments of Art History, History, Anthropology, American Studies, The Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, among others, as well as visiting academics and professionals in relevant fields. Courses are also offered through CHAPS Abroad, which emphasizes interaction with faculty and heritage professionals within the host country.
A major focus is practical professional experiences, which includes internship or fieldwork experience with an appropriate cultural institution, firm, or governmental agency. Opportunities are available at local, national and international levels, and reflect the student's area of focus, which is determined at the end of the first year. Areas of focus might include: Architectural Preservation; Landscape and Site Preservation; Collections Management, Cultural Resources Preservation/Management; Museum/Heritage Management, Policy and Ethics.
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.
For more information, including program requirements, see the CHAPS Ph.D. concentration page within the Department of Art History.