Eastern Michigan University

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Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, Certificate in Cultural Museum Studies
Historic Preservation in Geography and Geology Department

Eastern Michigan University offers an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Cultural Museum Studies and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Cultural Museum Studies (CMS) provides foundational training for professional engagement with the selection, conservation, interpretation, and exhibition of inanimate and living collections. Special attention is given to the cross-cultural analysis, application, and assessment of the various ways “research exhibit-and-presentation” dynamics affect display design in museums and related institutions, and to the pedagogical dimension of museological theory and practice. A flexible curriculum allows for individualized specializations in various aspects of museology, from the ecological impact on definitions of cultural heritage, to the application of virtuality to exhibition procedures.


The MS in Historic Preservation is housed in the Department of Geography & Geology, and regularly cooperates with other departments including History, Art, Construction Technology, and the Division of Extended Programs for prerequisite and other coursework. The program focuses on career development in the following concentrations with the aim of preparing students for gainful employment in the field of historic preservation in the public and private sector: Preservation Planning; Heritage Interpretation, Tourism, and Administration; Conservation and Technology; and General Studies. A Field School in Preservation Technology is offered during the spring term.

A five-course graduate level certificate in historic preservation also is available, as is an undergraduate minor in historic preservation.

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