In recent decades, heritage has become an attractive term for scholars in various disciplines, ranging from archaeologists, sociologists and conservation scientists, to policy makers, communities, and the commercial sector. The minor in Heritage Studies introduces students to the theory and practices of the disciplines associated with heritage from local and global perspectives. It combines courses from various divisions at NYUAD reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of heritage studies. The program offers courses that are related to heritage production, consumption and use, identity politics, cultural contestation and legislation on one side, and scientific methods of investigation and data interpretation for the recovery and conservation of cultural heritage on the other.
The learning outcomes are structured around two overlapping themes:
Heritage and Society courses focus on the uses of heritage as a political, economic and social agent. The theme includes broader and more holistic concepts of heritage such as cultural landscapes, which combine the physical, cognitive, and cultural reality of a site.
The conservation and analysis of heritage sites, (art) objects, and their narratives is central in heritage management, interpretation and presentation. Courses taken in the Heritage and Science area center on the scientific methodologies applied in heritage studies and management.