Southeast’s historic preservation program is for students who want to pursue careers in preservation of the built environment, historic site administration, archives or museum management. The curriculum combines classroom learning with hands-on practice and field experience in history, research methods, architectural history, preservation, historic site administration, museum studies, and archival studies. Students complete internships with museums, sites, and historical agencies around the nation.
A summer field school is offered annually in historic Ste. Genevieve, Mo., giving historic preservation students hands-on field experience with standing structures and historic sites. Authentic 18th and 19th century buildings in the Felix Valle State Historic Site serve as learning laboratories and acquaint students with a broad array of skills and techniques.
Southeast’s historic preservation program is one of only a few such programs in the United States. The program is a member of the National Council for Preservation Education.