Courses

An introduction into the theories of the everyday with the context of the American built environment. The course focuses primarily on the American experience of underrepresented, minority and immigrant communities, both historical and contemporary. The course attempts to challenge what is meant by "American" in describing the American everyday built environment. (Previously HISP619E)

This course provides an opportunity to look in depth at the national historic preservation program—that is the federal, tribal, state and local (city and county) public sector preservation activities being undertaken in accordance with public policy set by laws, regulations, standards and guidelines. (Previously HISP 619M)  

This seminar course examines the broader social and ethnic dimensions of historic preservation practice that have impacted the field since the “culture wars” of the 1990s. Through weekly case studies of local, national and international sites, students will explore these issues and apply newly emerging methodologies to their final case study project. (Previously HISP 628E) 

Introduces students to legal, advocacy and public policy issues in the field of historic preservation. Student activities will be designed to teach basic working knowledge of relevant legal subjects, including historic preservation ordinances, state and federal preservation statutes, and important constitutional issues. (Previously HISP 619C) 

This course will introduce students to issues related to archaeological resources and preservation. Topics will include method and theory in American archaeology, archaeology in support of architectural history, archaeology and the NHPA, archaeological site preservation and conservation, and curation and collections management. Students will have a chance to work at an archaeological site to experience field excavation techniques and challenges, and will visit other archaeological sites and curation facilities in the area. (Previously HISP619A)

Students will secure a summer internship with an organization engaged in historic preservation work (this can be a public agency, nonprofit or private firm). The student will formulate a plan of work and a series of pedagogical goals to satisfy both the practical needs of the project and the academic requirements for the course.

This course introduces students to the analysis of historic buildings, building systems and materials. The overall emphasis is on assessing the condition of a building and its parts, and formulating a preservation strategy based on it. Conservation methods will be discussed through the introduction of philosophies and specific techniques. (Previously HISP619T)

Students will gather samples of their work and craft a synthetic statement on their experiences in their HISP certificate courses (for example, picking up on themes such as community involvement, diversity of practice, affordable housing, or sustainability), and the ways in which they have integrated historic preservation into their thinking and practice in their home discipline.

Part 1 of independent applied research project investigating the preservation of a particular site or a specialized issue in historic preservation. The course includes several group seminars during the semester to discuss project development and research strategies, and prepare a proposal and annotated bibliography.

Part 2 of independent, applied research project investigating the preservation of a particular site or a specialized issue in historic preservation. The course includes group seminars during the semester to discuss project progress, and concludes with a presentation/defense of project and presentation of final paper.