Heritage Preservation

Students in the heritage preservation minor will develop an understanding of the importance of a community's heritage in its design and development. You'll study American architectural and landscape forms and build specialized knowledge of heritage preservation as it relates to community projects and programs. Community-based research projects, guest speakers and classes will give you the tools and experience to help project leaders and communities address preservation issues.

Program Highlights

  • Projects and internships develop leadership skills needed to direct community conversations about preservation.
  • speak and write effectively and to interact persuasively one-on-one and in groups.
  • Small program enables a community setting where students and faculty know each other and work together.
  • Full semester internship.

Program Distinctions

  • Heritage preservation classes have worked with Little Falls and Elk River leaders and residents to generate ideas for ways to showcase the communities and preserve their historical aspects.
  • Riverview Hall earned a Restoration/Rehabilitation Award from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Notable alum: Patrick Mastey '99 of St. Cloud was recognized in 2010 with St. Cloud Historic Preservation Award for rehabilitation of several historic homes in St. Cloud neighborhoods near the university.

Student Organizations

  • History Club/Alpha Epsilon Omega
  • Geography Club
  • Travel & Tourism Club

Popular Careers

  • Historical Preservationist
  • City/Regional Planner
  • Environmental/Zoning  Regulation
  • Economic Development
  • Lobbyist

University Facts & Stats

  • 91% of planning and community development graduates employed

  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants

  • 2021 Military Friendly® Top 10 School designation

  • Commitment to carbon neutrality by 2035

  • Among Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" 

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