Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast has the only undergraduate historic preservation program in Missouri certified by the National Council for Preservation Education, and is one of only nine bachelor’s degree programs nationwide. Program faculty have demonstrated expertise in museums, historic sites, archives, public programming, architectural history, the National Register of Historic Places, and the preservation of the built environment.

The program is designed to not only provide students with depth and breadth in the field of historic preservation, but to also give them a broad-based understanding of the larger field of public history. In addition to core classes in the preservation of the built environment, students take breadth requirement courses in various aspects of public history, such as museums, historic sites and archives. As part of these breadth requirements, a practicum course involves students in a semester-long project, such as developing an exhibit at a local museum, processing an archival collection, or developing an interpretative plan for a historic site.

Historic preservation students will…
  • Develop expertise in conducting local history research for museums, historic sites, and preservation organizations.
  • Learn to analyze and document the built environment.
  • Prepare draft nominations for the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Conduct historic resource surveys for the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in a two-week summer field school studying French Colonial architecture and historic site administration in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
  • Enhance their skills and knowledge through completion of a professional internship.
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