Historic Preservation

As one of the oldest programs of its kind in America, Historic Preservation at RWU couples multidisciplinary coursework in subjects like history, architecture, law and economics with rigorous field-based professional workshops and internships. Because preservation is as much about people and place as it is about history, you’ll study historic buildings, landscapes and communities both here in New England and abroad in Florence, Italy.

Degree Requirements

The Historic Preservation Major

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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

SubjectNumberTitle
ARCH101Foundations of Architecture
HIST151United States History I: From Colonial Times to Reconstruction
HIST152United States History II: Reconstruction to the Present
HP150Introduction to Historic Preservation
HP175Historic Building Documentation
HP301Principles of Architectural Conservation
HP302Principles of Preservation Planning
PLAN301Intro to Urban and Regional Planning

Building Styles and Technology

SubjectNumberTitle
AAH121History of Art and Architecture I
AAH122History of Art and Architecture II
HP160American Buildings in the Western Tradition
ARCH327History of American Architecture
ARCH329History of Landscape Architecture

Field Training and Professional Practice

SubjectNumberTitle
HP324LArchival Research
HP351History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation
HP382LArchitectural Conservation Lab
PLAN382LInterdisciplinary Planning Workshop
HP525Preservation Economics

For Honors Students

SubjectNumberTitle
HP451Senior Thesis Project

The Historic Preservation Minor

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SubjectNumberTitle
HP150Introduction to Historic Preservation
HP351History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation
Four of the following courses (of which two must be HP 300 level or above):
HP160American Buildings in the Western Tradition
HP175Historic Building Documentation
HIST151United States History I: From Colonial Times to Reconstruction
HIST152United States History II: Reconstruction to the Present
HP 300/400/500-level courses
AAH430/530Special Topics in Art and Architectural History (selected topics)
ARCH430/530Special Topics in Architecture (selected topics)

Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Historic Preservation 4+1 Degree Program

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The Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Historic Preservation 4+1 program, totaling 150 credits, is also available to qualified applicants.

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science students must successfully complete all University Core Curriculum requirements and all B.S./M.S. program requirements totaling 152 credits, a non-credit internship requirement to fulfill the University’s Feinstein Service Learning Requirement, and a non-credit internship at the graduate level.

Undergraduate 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

SubjectNumberTitle
ARCH101Foundations of Architecture
HIST151United States History I: From Colonial Times to Reconstruction
HIST152United States History II: Reconstruction to the Present
HP150Introduction to Historic Preservation
HP175Historic Building Documentation
HP301Principles of Architectural Conservation
PLAN301Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

Building Styles, Technology and Culture

SubjectNumberTitle
AAH121History of Art and Architecture I
AAH122History of Art and Architecture II
HP160American Buildings in the Western Tradition
ARCH327History of American Architecture
ARCH329History of Landscape Architecture

Field Training and Professional Practice

SubjectNumberTitle
HP324LArchival Research
HP351History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation
HP382LArchitectural Conservation Lab
PLAN382LInterdisciplinary Planning Workshop
HP525Preservation Economics

For Honors Students

SubjectNumberTitle
HP451Senior Thesis Project

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