Our 12-credit certificate in historic preservation provides students with a solid understanding of complex issues in the preservation of historic buildings and heritage sites. The curriculum offers opportunities to engage in community base projects.

What You’ll Study

Through interdisciplinary, immersive projects and research, our curriculum engages you in leading theories and applies them to historic challenges existing modes of practice and design. You’ll learn in studios and labs with the latest technology.

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Core Requirements

This course presents the history, philosophy and current practice of heritage preservation. Students examine the roles of significant public, private and non-profit preservation agencies and organizations. The legal basis of preservation is studied, as well as the process for documenting, designating and protecting heritage places. Preservation treatment and re-use options are examined in light of conservation, sustainability and cultural continuity concerns.

Nine Hours from the Following Electives

This course examines the structure and function of international, federal, state and local laws and programs governing heritage preservation activities. Planning and economic development aspects of preservation practice are studied in the context of conservation and protection of heritage places.
An investigation of the materials and systems of construction used in historic buildings. Students examine contemporary technology used to document, analyze and diagnose building conditions as a basis to formulate interventions for the stewardship of historic structures.
This course provides an in-depth investigation of complex social, cultural and political case studies in contemporary heritage conservation. A foundation is laid for development of individual philosophies and ethics regarding preservation practice.

In a studio course format, this course examines methods of recording and documenting historic buildings and sites with particular emphasis on standards and guidelines established by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Students examine and apply traditional manual as well as digital methods of documentation. Open only to MSHP and HP certificate students or by permission of the HP director.

Preservation studio involving community oriented projects with opportunity to address real-world preservation opportunities, scenarios, and challenges. Open only to MSHP and HP certificate students or by permission of the HP director.

Preservation studio exercise involving project-based learning with opportunity to apply technical skills and academic concepts to professional preservation problems. Open only to MSHP and HP certificate students or by permission of the HP director.

A comprehensive examination of the methods of research and registering historic properties. Legal concepts of significance and context are applied to evaluating the historic built environment. Emphasizes applying research methods to existing heritage and topics and places. Open only to MSHP and HP certificate students or by permission of the HP director.

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