An innovative new program at Rutgers University–Camden will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn the processes and techniques of historic preservation in the living classroom of Camden and nearby Philadelphia and South Jersey.
History enthusiasts and scholars, practitioners, and other interested members of the public are invited to engage in public history as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers–Camden launches the new Certificate in Historic Preservation program this September.
The non-degree, non-credit program is designed for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the vocabulary and discipline of historic preservation. This includes everyone from members of historic preservation commissions, town planners, historic site administrators, and volunteers, to owners of old or historic buildings, architects, engineers, attorneys.
The new certificate program will offer an array of continuing-education classes, as well as full- and half-day workshops. Experienced, working professionals will lead all of the classes and workshops, providing a realistic perspective on how the tangible remains of the past can be integrated within current environments. Students will gain basic competencies as well as a more in-depth understanding of contemporary historic preservation practices.
In order to be eligible for the certificate, students must earn 15 continuing-education credits, which includes required courses in “Introduction to Historic Preservation” and “American Architectural History,” as well as a course in either “Preservation Planning” or “Materials and Techniques of Historic Restoration and Rehabilitation.” Some classes provide credit toward American Institute of Architects and/or American Institute of Certified Planners continuing-education requirements. Students are also welcome to take individual courses or workshops without working toward a certificate.