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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of History

Charleston Field School Classes

Description: The course will introduce participants to:

  • The history of Charleston and its architecture
  • Efforts to preserve and interpret African-American heritage
  • Issues in the preservation of intangible culture and traditional building crafts
  • Preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and stabilization as preservation techniques
  • The role of government in the preservation process, particularly the city's Board of Architectural Review, the South Carolina State Parks Service, and the National Park Service
  • The influence of non-profit organizations, especially the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation Society of Charleston, and Historic Charleston Foundation
  • The essential role of the private sector
  • Maritime preservation
  • Contemporary issues like planning and community development, the economics of preservation, and heritage tourism management.

Sample Class Meetings:    

  • Charleston Architecture
  • African American Heritage
  • Traditional Cultural Practices
  • Public and Private Sectors
  • Non-Profits
  • Landscapes and Environments
  • Maritime Preservation


Projects: The term projects make up a significant portion of the grade for the Charleston field school.  Students create their own projects in consultation with the professor.  The field school project is designed to give students hands-on experience with work in the field of public history.


Click here to view some sample projects