at Ursuline College's Undergraduate Program in Historic Preservation is to prepare tomorrow's leaders to make sustainable and unique contributions to their world by preserving cultural memory and its lessons. At Ursuline, Historic Preservation is a commitment as well as a discipline and a profession.
Historic Preservation is as much about the future as it is the past.
Historic Preservation at Ursuline where diversity and breadth of experience
transform your interests into a career to last a lifetime. We are glad
that you are considering joining us for your educational journey into a
profession that preserves cultural memory while also providing sustainable
solutions for your community.
Your undergraduate years should be full of rewarding adventures in which you focus
on three things.
1. Honing those skills that will serve you
throughout your life and profession (a.k.a. what employers really want):
critical analysis, verbal and written communication, creative thinking,
teamwork, organization, time management, self-motivation, initiative, problem
3. Gathering experiences outside of the
classroom that provide you with insight into the career paths open to you and
portfolio items useful for showcasing your talents during job interviews
And it all
starts with choosing your program and your school.
What’s special about our program and why is it right for
Faculty members are engaged professionals with
specialized skills who actively involve you in projects outside as well as
inside the classroom.
Unique location allows easy access to cityscape,
ethnic neighborhoods, rural villages, and Amish farmsteads, all actively used
as learning laboratories.
Focus on your personal interests and the building
of a professional portfolio to prepare you for entering the profession.
Recognition by the National Council for
Preservation Education for the strength of our curriculum.
Approach to the intellectual and emotional
connection to the natural and built environment through the lens of personal
experience in exploring issues of historic significance in relation to majority
and minority populations, to groups that have been silent as well as those that
are vocal, and to the role gender plays in the social construct and perception
Strong intersections between Ursuline’s liberal
arts tradition and the needs of the Historic Preservation profession in the 21st
And remember our
BRIDGE program. This allows you to
smoothly transition from your undergraduate degree into our Master’s program in
Historic Preservation, using undergraduate coursework that counts toward your
graduate degree. Check out our
curriculum pages to see how this makes economic Sense.
We hope that
the information on these Historic Preservation webpages and the links provided
here help answer your initial questions while raising new inquiries and
enthusiasm. Please browse our
website, contact us if you have any questions, and plan to call or visit us
soon to chat about how our program can help you explore your fascination for
historic preservation and achieve your career goals. We look forward to helping you along a rewarding journey
toward a career in historic preservation.
Best regards, Bari Oyler Stith,
Ph.D. Director, Historic
Aspiring Historic Preservationists:
explore the richness and depth of our cultural identity and experience.
mine the remnants of the past to interpret the VALUES and lessons in the cultural landscapes, innovative architecture and artifacts we create.
develop the skills to identify the most meaningful and sustainable elements of our created environment.
enVISION the path to assure that cultural heritage resources enrich quality of life.
find their VOICE to protect and enhance appreciation of our cultural legacy.
Our Keystone Ursuline's classroom extends to all of northeastern Ohio with its incredible diversity
Centuries-old Cleveland with its
ever-changing downtown and lakefront
fascinating ethnic neighborhoods
charming New England-style communities
traditional Amish culture areas
lovely, rolling, farm-dotted countryside
"Our classrooms have no walls, but our projects do!"
Ursuline's students enjoy access to resources that include
World class museums and organizations
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland Orchestra with its historic home at Severance Hall
National Historic Landmarks
Lawnfield, James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Stan Hywet Hall and Garden
And scores of National Register properties
National Heritage Areas
Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canal Way
Nationally known public history and preservation institutions
Cleveland Museum of Natural History with its Green City/Blue Lake Institute
Cleveland Restoration Society
Intermuseum Conservation Association
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Western Reserve Historical Society with its Library/Archives and Hale Farm and Village Living History Museum - all Smithsonian Associates
Local specialized architectural firms
Professional conferences and symposiums, including the annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Heritage Ohio, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Historic Preservation Symposium, and Ohio Academy of History.