What Makes Us Special?
Cutting Across Disciplines
Our program brings together the art of historical research and interpretation with the theory and skills of design practice. Through cross-disciplinary collaborative work, students explore the intersections of history and design in ways that prepare them for the larger world of work in preservation and museums.
Just theorizing about how to reach communities isn’t enough. Every semester the students complete projects, start-to-finish, that make a difference in our region—opening a museum exhibit, helping a Main Street get on the national register, developing illustrated design guidelines for an historic district, organizing the collections of an understaffed local museum, using state-of-the-art digital technology to document historic buildings in a hurricane-ravaged neighborhood. See “Featured Projects” for some of our recent work.
UNCG's program is a resource for the region. Through public programs, classroom projects, and internships, we have ongoing relationships with the area's history organizations—from Old Salem to Preservation North Carolina to the Greensboro Historical Museum to the National Park Service's Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
Our program prizes community among its participants. We build a spirit of collaboration and support, not cut-throat competition. After all, almost every kind of public work involves working closely with colleagues.
Participation/commitment from a range of faculty gives our program breadth Our colleagues are incredibly supportive of our program. Both departments put a premium on good teaching and faculty members go out of their way to be available and accessible to our students.
Our teaching bridges sophisticated academic analysis and hands-on experience. Students learn to “read” material culture, decode buildings and landscapes, conduct oral interviews, interpret images and documentary evidence, and analyze how public audiences use history in their daily lives. Every day students connect theory and practice.