Cultural Heritage Studies

The advising track in Cultural Heritage Studies is an interdisciplinary plan for students interested in advanced studies or careers related to the collection, preservation, and diffusion of artistic and cultural heritage.

The curriculum combines the Liberal Studies core courses with elective courses from other CSUF departments. It culminates with the Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (LBST 482) or completion of an independent study project (499) that can be combined with an internship in a museum, conservation society, or similar institution.

Students following a Cultural Heritage Studies track might focus on local, national, or international contexts. Students might also choose a focus on theoretical issues related to the interpretation and understanding of cultural and artistic heritage, or on applied fields related to the areas of restoration and preservation, management of heritage sites, non-profit cultural institutions, and policy making, among others.

The field of Heritage Studies responds to an increasing awareness of the need to value and protect the cultural patrimony of humanity. This growing field is associated with a wide range of professional opportunities in the public and private sectors, and in organizations such as museums, heritage sites, advocacy groups, conservation societies, and educational institutions.

For more information contact Professor Angeles Sancho-Velazquez at

Required Courses:   

Liberal Studies Core Courses (30 units)

Interdisciplinary Thematic Research Seminar (LBST 482)  or
Independent Study Project (499) in Cultural Heritage Studies (3 units)  

Cultural Heritage Studies Elective Courses (18 units)

Your advisor will help you select from a wide range of courses outside the department that are suitable for your study plan. A few examples of possible courses:  

Arts and Humanities (Choose at least two courses)

ART 300 Writing in the Visual Arts
ART 302 Medieval Art
ART 320 History of Architecture Before the Modern Era
ART 453A,B Exhibition Design
ART 460 Pre-Columbian Art
ART 464 Museum Conservation
ART 466 Museum Education
DANCE 301 Dance and Cultural Diversity
ENGL 429 American Landscape in Literature
MUS 303 World Music
MUS 351A History and Literature of Western Music
PHIL 311 Philosophy of Art and Beauty
THEATRE 300 Theatre and Cultural Diversity
THEATRE 475A World Theatre

Social Sciences (Choose at least two courses)

AMST 395 Californian Cultures
AMST 440 American Folk Culture
ANTH 306 Culture and Art
ANTH 320 Cultures of Europe
ANTH 321 Peoples of Native North America
ANTH 402 Museum Science
ANTH 403 Archaeological Fieldwork
ANTH 420 Visual Anthropology
ANTH 460 Public Archaeology
CHIC 302 Ancient Mexican Culture
COMM 300 Visual Communication
COMM 362 Public Relations Writing
GEOG 352 The National Parks
HIST 456 Introduction to Public History
HIST 492 Community History
POSC 315 Politics and Policy Making in America
SOCI 476 Sociology of Charity and Nonprofits 

Natural Sciences (may choose at least one course)

BIOL 300 Environmental Biology
BIOL 314 Population and Community Ecology
CHEM 325 Inorganic Chemistry
CPSC 322L Introduction to Computer Aided Design
CPSC 303 Multimedia Concepts
ENGI 301 Mechanics of Materials
KNES 381 Sports, Games and Culture