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Historic Preservation Degrees

Historic preservation is an interdisciplinary field of study concerned with the care, use, and interpretation of historic buildings, sites, and landscapes. Preservation specialists study built environments considered historically valuable, assess their importance, and guide decisions about treatment, use, and interpretation. Preservation professionals help communities determine what matters to them and why. The field encompasses everything from creative adaptation of older structures, interpretation of sites associated with historical atrocities, and restoration of examples of high-style architecture. Strong linkages to sustainability and social justice mean that historic preservation will play a vital role in debates about the future of communities worldwide during the coming century.

The Masters of Historic Preservation (MHP) is a professional degree designed for students planning to pursue careers in the field. The on-campus and online graduate certificates build upon its success.

Master of Historic Preservation

The Master of Historic Preservation (MHP) is a comprehensive graduate curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in preservation. Graduates have attained an outstanding record of placement and career advancement. The MHP requires 48 credit hours and culminates in a major project demonstrating original research ability and thoughtful application of professional skills and knowledge.

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On-Campus Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

The on-campus Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation introduces students in fields such architecture, interior design, history, and geography to the theory and practice of historic preservation. This 12-credit-hour program is designed to supplement graduate studies in a closely related discipline. By introducing fundamental principles and skills, the certificate expands the abilities of students preparing for careers in associated fields.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

The online Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation is a 12-credit-hour program of study designed for working professionals and others who are unable to take in-person courses. Like the on-campus certificate, it is designed to introduce core principles and concepts for the purpose of expanding the knowledge and abilities of persons working in related fields. Practicing architects, city planners, archaeologists, design consultants, architectural review board members, and realtors have found it effective in building knowledge that compliments their existing training and experience.

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“Look around and you will notice a newfound spirit of revitalization and preservation, and many of those leading the charge are millennials. They are recognizing the importance of sense of place and community engagement. This is a time of growth for the Department of Historic Preservation as this next generation of students have ample opportunities to hone their preservation skills in the field.” – Allison Carll-White, Ph. D., professor in the Department of Historic Preservation

Master of Historic Preservation

Year One
HP 601 Introduction to Historic Preservation 3 hours
HP 612 Documentation I 3 hours
HP 610 American Architecture I 3 hours
HP 613 Historical Structural Systems and Building Materials 3 hours
HP 602 Historic Preservation Law 3 hours
HP 614 Documentation II 3 hours
HP 611 American Architecture II 3 hours
HP 798 Research Design 3 hours

 

Year Two
HP 616 Historic Preservation and Design 3 hours
HP 617 Historic Preservation Planning 3 hours
HP 799 Masters Project I 3 hours
HP 799 Masters Project II 3 hours
Elective 3 hours
Elective 3 hours
Elective 3 hours
Elective 3 hours

On-Campus Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

Preservation and Design:
HP 601: Introduction to Historic Preservation
HP 602: Historic Preservation Law
HP 613: Historic Structural Systems and Building Materials
HP 616: Historic Preservation and Design
* Other courses may be substituted with faculty approval

 

Preservation and Adaptive Reuse:
HP 601: Introduction to Historic Preservation
HP 602: Historic Preservation Law
HP 772: Adaptive Reuse
* Other courses may be substituted with faculty approval

 

Preservation and Planning:
HP 601: Introduction to Historic Preservation
HP 602: Historic Preservation Law
HP 617: Historic Preservation Planning
HP 615: American Settlement Patterns
* Other courses may be substituted with faculty approval

Online Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

Core:
HP 601: Introduction to Historic Preservation (Fall and Spring)
HP 602: Historic Preservation Law (Spring)

 

Electives (2):
HP 675: Architectural History for Preservation Practice (Fall)
HP 676: Field Methods in Historic Preservation (Summer)
HP 670: Preservation Ethics, Public Policy, and Heritage Resources (TBD)
HP 671: Review and Compliance for Architectural Historians (TBD)
HP 617: Historic Preservation Planning (Fall)
HP 772: Adaptive Reuse (TBD)