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Subject: Ph.D. Program in Preservation Studies

Ph.D. Program in Preservation Studies

From: Chandra Reedy <clreedy<-a>
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2005
The University of Delaware announces the establishment of a new
interdisciplinary graduate program leading to a Ph.D. in
Preservation Studies. The program teaches the philosophies, research
methodologies, and policies informing preservation efforts focused
on art, architecture, landscapes, and material culture. Doctoral
students explore questions regarding individual objects and works of
art, collections, buildings and structures, or sites and landscapes.
Ph.D. candidates learn to assess the significance and cultural
contexts for the production, function, and preservation of visual
and material culture; to identify, evaluate, and implement
preservation practice and policy; and to integrate ideas and methods
from the full range of preservation disciplines. Areas of
concentration include Historic Preservation Planning (including
Structures, Landscapes, and Preservation of Social and Cultural
Context), Preservation Technologies, Conservation Research and
Technical Studies, and Heritage Management.

Applicants must hold a Master's Degree in a discipline relevant to
one of the program's concentrations. Program requirements include 18
credits of coursework relevant to the dissertation topic. The mix of
courses will be individually selected but balanced to provide an
introduction to the wide range of theoretical and methodological
issues as well as to support individual preservation research
endeavors. A non-credit seminar for presentation of
research-in-progress is also required for three semesters, and at
least nine credits of Ph.D. dissertation research. Proficiency in
one or more foreign languages is required for certain areas of
concentration and/or dissertation topics, as determined by the chair
of the dissertation committee. Likewise, proficiency in certain
practical laboratory techniques may be necessary for certain
concentrations. All students must pass a written qualifying
examination in the area of concentration, must complete a
dissertation that reflects the results of original and high quality
research of significance to preservation studies, and conduct an
oral defense of the dissertation.

The annual deadline for submission of all application materials is
February, 2006

Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore possible dissertation
topics with program faculty prior to the deadline. The Ph.D. Program
in Preservation Studies is administered by the Center for Material
Culture Studies. For more information on the program and application
requirements, contact the

    Center for Material Culture Studies
    Attention: Ph.D. Program in Preservation Studies
    207 Mechanical Hall
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716, USA

or e-mail Dr Bernard Herman <bherman<-a t->udel< . >edu>, Center Director or
Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner <jhstoner<-a t->udel< . >edu>, admissions committee

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