Announcing: M. A. in Cultural Heritage Studies

Master of Arts in Cultural and Heritage Studies students learning on site.
Who owns the past?
Students of UAB's new Master of Arts degree in Cultural Heritage Studies, launching Fall of 2021, will understand and help shape the answer.

UAB's Cultural Heritage Studies program—the only professional degree of its kind in the state of Alabama—provides students with an understanding of the relationship between culture, knowledge, and power. The program prepares students to understand, interpret, and promote a broad range of cultural activities, with an emphasis on art and architecture. Students train in heritage interpretation and outreach, promoting community engagement in the process. They develop skills and values pertinent to public history, digital history, museum studies, cultural resource management, and heritage tourism.

Graduates of the program will obtain a broad foundation of knowledge applicable to careers and graduate study in historic preservation and museum studies; arts management and administration; cultural and public advocacy; art or cultural policy; law and transnational justice; international affairs, diplomacy, government, and foreign service; peace and justice studies; and other fields.

You can be part of the important and increasingly prominent discourse on cultural heritage. For more information about this new program, contact Cultural Heritage Studies Program Director Dr. Cathleen Cummings at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The UAB Department of Art + Art History fosters critical and creative thinking, communication, problem solving and community engagement through our curriculum and programs. We are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, which confirms that our programs meet the highest standards in art and design education. Explore our website to see the numerous ways in which our faculty, students, and community contribute to a vibrant and dynamic culture at UAB, Birmingham, and beyond.

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