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Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation

The undergraduate historic preservation degree provides in-depth preservation studies and professional practice in the context of a liberal arts education whose diversity mirrors the communities and cultures we help preserve. The degree focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach with a rigorous core of field-based professional offerings. Students gain an understanding of the preservation field through coursework in preservation history and philosophy, documentation and research, architectural conservation, community planning, law and regulation, design and economics. Students are placed into practice through field-based workshops and an internship - all in partnership with regional, national and international organizations and firms.

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate majors successfully complete all University Core Curriculum requirements, required coursework in the major, and sufficient electives to total a minimum of 120 credits. Students also complete a non-credit internship to fulfill the University’s Feinstein Service Learning Requirement.
Major requirements are divided into three program areas: foundation courses; building styles, technology and culture; and field training and professional practice. Required foundation and upper-level courses are available from select courses throughout the University.

Foundation Courses

ARCH 101 Foundations of Architecture
HIST 151 United States History I: From Colonial Times to Reconstruction
HIST 152 United States History II: Reconstruction to the Present
HP 150 Introduction to Historic Preservation
HP 175 Historic Building Documentation
HP 301 Principles of Architectural Conservation
HP 302 Principles of Preservation Planning

Building Styles and Technology

AAH 121 History of Art and Architecture I
AAH 122 History of Art and Architecture II
HP 160 American Buildings in the Western Tradition
HP 341 Pre-Industrial America
HP 342 Industrial America

Field Training and Professional Practice

HP 324L Archival Research
HP 351 History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation
HP 382L Architectural Conservation Lab
HP 384L Preservation Planning Lab
HP 525 Preservation Economics

For Honor Students

HP 451 Senior Thesis Project

Course Catalog

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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Institutions where Recipients of B.S. in Historic Preservation were Accepted to Graduate School:

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Tel Aviv University
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Vermont