Man has lived, worked and left traces in Norway for the past 12 000 years. These traces are our cultural heritage, whether they belong to an ancient or a more recent past. Managing cultural heritage entails finding, studying, preserving and presenting the traces from the past.
The rock carvings in Alta, the Nidaros Cathedral, the mines and the building environment at Røros and the "Bryggen" (wharf) in Bergen are amongst our most prominent cultural monuments.
Buildings, objects, and archaeological findings such as settlements and house ruins, landscapes, tales and place names are all part of our cultural heritage. As such they must be attended to in a properly way to ensure that our descendants also may enjoy them in the future. The task of identifying the monuments, to evaluate and prioritize between them is fundamental to the administration of these unique resources.
The bachelor's programme in Cultural Heritage provides a basic introduction to a general historical understanding and methodology, in addition to an insight into central archaeological work methods, laws of cultural heritage, the history of architecture, statutory framework and management theory, the relationship between nature and culture (cultural geography), dissemination and museum work.
The programme provides both theoretical insight and practical understanding alongside exercises in working with cultural monuments. The programme of study has a practical approach to cultural heritage, thus students are encouraged to participate in various excursions and project work.