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College of Environment and Design

MHP or MLA with Native American Studies Certificate

Master of Historic Preservation  or

Master of Landscape Architecture  in conjunction with

Certificate in Native American Studies

Native American Studies

The College of Environment and Design (CED) and the Institute for Native American Studies (INAS) offer a combined program for those interested in receiving a Certificate in Native American Studies while pursuing an MHP or MLA. Both the CED and INAS are recognized as top programs in the United States. We value connections to the ecology and cultures of our regions and seek to enhance and preserve healthy and resilient communities through thoughtful preservation, planning, design and management.

The University of Georgia is located in the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, in Athens, GA. The University is approximately an hour northeast of Atlanta, 2.5 hours south of Cherokee, NC and 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean.

UGA is the birthplace of public higher education in America – chartered in 1785 to launch our nation’s great tradition of world-class public education. What began as a commitment to inspire the next generation grows stronger today through global research, hands-on experiential learning and extensive outreach. One of America’s “Public Ivies” and a top 10 best value in public higher education, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges — from combating infectious disease and securing the world’s food supply to advancing economic growth and analyzing the environment.


The Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia is one of the leading programs in Indigenous studies in the country and the premier program in the American South. We are a vibrant community of two dozen scholars, including six Native faculty, in addition to our graduate and undergraduate students. Each year, we bring prominent figures in Native American and Indigenous studies and in the Indigenous Americas, representing a wide variety of endeavors, to campus to speak. INAS supports the research of its faculty and graduate students, and we partner with tribal nations and other community organizations on a variety of significant research and service projects. INAS offers both an undergraduate and a graduate certificate in Native American Studies. In addition, it has four specialized tracks in historic preservation, landscape architecture, public health, and Indigenous Latin America. 

Faculty Contact

JACE WEAVER, director of the Institute of Native American Studies at UGA is the Franklin Professor of Native American Studies and Religion, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law. He holds degrees from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University. His teaching at UGA is interdisciplinary by nature, and focuses on religious traditions, literature, and law.

UGA Institute of Native American Studies



The Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA) at the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design provides the foundational knowledge, practical skills and design expertise needed to engage in both public service and private practice of landscape architecture. Students in our program develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary create design solutions for communities that enhance human health, environmental quality and economic value. In addition, students have the opportunity to focus and define their unique position within the profession through scholarly discovery and extracurricular experiences. The CED’s MLA program graduates students who are prepared to contribute to their communities as outstanding practitioners, educators and scholars in the planning, design, and management of the natural and built environment.

Faculty Contact

ALFIE VICK is the Georgia Power Professor in Environmental Ethics in the UGA College of Environment and Design. He also serves on the Faculty of Engineering and Institute of Native American Studies. Vick is a practicing landscape architect and his research and teaching interests are American Indian ethnobotany and creating sustainable and resilient communities. Vick holds degrees from the University of Illinois and UGA.




The Master of Historic Preservation (MHP) program prepares students for broad-based careers in the conservation and management of historic resources in both the built and natural environments. The two-year MHP degree is structured to develop versatile, competent, and highly motivated professionals who can perceive preservation opportunities in the broadest sense and who can develop strategies ensuring the protection and use of cultural resources as a part of the fabric of urban and rural environments. An accelerated MHP degree, a joint Juris Doctor and MHP, and a Historic Preservation certificate are also available.

Faculty Contact

JAMES REAP is Professor and graduate coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program at the UGA College of Environment and Design. His research interests include the legal, financial, and administrative issues of heritage conservation. Reap holds degrees from the UGA School of Law and UNC-Chapel Hill.


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