The Historic Preservation major program that focuses on the architectural design principles and building techniques used in historic structures and environments, and the process of saving and restoring old buildings and districts for contemporary use and enjoyment. Includes instruction in architectural history; building conservation techniques; real estate, land-use and tax laws and codes; economics and public policy; and public relations.
Please consult the UMW Undergraduate Catalog for specific and up-to-date major requirements.
Thinking About This Major?
The Center for Career & Professional Development has many tools and resources available to help you choose your major. Below are three of them:
Focus 2: A series of reliable, intuitive, career and education decision-making assessments to help students select a major, explore occupations, make informed career decisions, and take action in their career development.
Skills developed as a Historic Preservation major (via Focus2): Decision making, fine arts, listening, managing time, reading comprehension, reasoning, speaking, writing and authoring.
What Can I Do With This Major: Learn more about what you can do as a Historic Preservation major! Some areas of career options are local and state government, politics, law, museums, nonprofit, information science, education, business, and media.
Handshake: UMW’s online career management platform that includes the latest jobs from employers hiring at your school. You can search for organizations based on major, location, job type, and many other categories.
Historic Preservation – Current Job Opportunities
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Historic Preservation – Current Internship Opportunities
Historic Preservation Graduate Data
Note: Undergraduate outcome data is collected by the UMW Career Center each year. The data is then broken down by major in order to determine how many graduates in each major are employed, attending graduate school, or pursuing a different path within 6 months of graduation.
- “knowledge rate” defines the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities
- “career outcome rate” is the number of graduates who have landed in any of the employment categories (full-time, part-time, internship) in addition to service, military, and continuing education divided by the total number of students for whom an outcome is known.
Historic Preservation Alumni (2018-2022)
Total Graduates: 156
Knowledge Rate: 81%
Career Outcome Rate: 83%
- Employed Full-time: 47%
- Employed Part-time: 18%
- Grad School: 19%
- Seeking Employment: 8%
- Waiting on Grad School: 6%
- Not Seeking: 1%
- Volunteer Service: 2%
Where do our alumni land?
Alumni Success Stories
UMW alumni are excited to help current students and other alumni succeed in their fields. Below are stories from alumni about their experiences at UMW and after.
Historic Preservation – Alumni Bios & Advice: Interested in learning where our Historic Preservation grads land? Need some alumni advice? Read about our successful Eagle alums here.
Historic Preservation – Young Alumni Profiles: Collected by the UMW Historic Preservation Department, learn more about career outcomes for Historic Preservation grads AND young alumni profiles.