Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
New Science Building

Historic Preservation

Departmental Advisors:

    Dr. Ted Ligibel
    Program Director
    235 Strong Hall

    Danny J. Bonenberger
    Assistant Professor
    118F Strong Hall

    Nancy Villa Bryk
    Assistant Professor
    229 Strong Hall

Program Objectives


  • To provide program students from diverse undergraduate backgrounds with a basic knowledge of the field of historic preservation sufficient to prepare them for entry-level professional careers in historic preservation.
  • To provide program students with planning, technical, interpretive and administrative skills useful to careers in historic preservation, historic administration, heritage tourism and other facets of heritage resource management.
  • To provide program students with a sound foundation in American architectural history as well as the ability to implement and carry out cultural resource surveys.
  • To provide program students with a basic knowledge of geographic concepts, perspectives and methodologies associated with cultural landscape interpretation and regional analysis.  High-style and vernacular landscapes, both urban and rural, as well as settlement patterns are studied as visual manifestations of American cultural history by the Department of Interior as "cultural resource management" strategies.  Because our alumni have been grounded the cultural geography concepts underlying cultural resource management, SHPO and other government offices have found them to be attractive job candidates.
  • To combine classroom theoretical development with practical community and/or agency field experience.
  • To build productive relationships among historic preservation, cultural tourism, and sustainability.
  • To improve the effectiveness of historic preservation activities in Michigan and the nation by preparing qualified professionals for entry into career positions in historic preservation planning, interpretation, heritage tourism, CRM, conservation technology and historic administration, and to foster the effectiveness of Historic Preservation by increasing community awareness of its aims and techniques.
  • For urban/rural planners, historic district commissioners, or those in career transition, who wish to improve their knowledge and competence in the field of historic preservation without pursuing a full master's degree.  The primary purposes of the undergraduate minor are to introduce students to the field of historic preservation, to provide some competence in the subject matter, and to offer preparatory instruction to undergraduates intending to enter the master's program.  Stress is given to American history and to the settlement forms and structures which characterize American culture regions and landscapes. The non-degree certification in Historic Preservation is designed to meet the needs of individuals, such as current professionals who wish to add to their resumes and continue their education.