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.


Also offered as: HISP615.

An introduction to the history, theory and practice of historic preservation covered through readings, discussions, presentations, class projects, and field trips. 

An overview of common research methods and documentation tools used in historic preservation.  Introductions to graphic documentation, building investigation, historical research, socioeconomic data collection and analysis. 

Students in this course will have the opportunity to explore the complex nature of cultural landscapes first-hand and in depth. Using the extraordinarily rich historic resources of Yorkshire and Northeast England as a text, students will critically consider the different theories underlying the concepts of cultural landscapes and of landscape preservation, as well as gain experience in the methods of identifying, recording, preserving, and interpreting a range of landscape types: vernacular, designed, industrial, sectarian, urban, agrarian, military, and maritime.


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The course focuses on multi-disciplinary study of culture and heritage in tourism, at the local, national and international levels of destination and society. The course will also examine issues of representation, identity and image over time and space (Previously HISP 619G). 

Proposed work must have a faculty sponsor and receive approval from the student’s advisor.

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. 

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 1990’s. 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. 

Introduces students to legal 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.

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 HISP 619A).

Students carry out a group preservation project in a local community, from inception and problem formulation through completion.  Guided carefully by a faculty team, students will conduct research, interact with communities, perform analyses, and propose solutions for an issue or problem of direct relevance to a local community and client group.

This course will explore the history, theory, and practice of vernacular architecture studies. Looking at the "common buildings of particular regions and time periods," the course will prepare students for studying and documenting these buildings in terms of both analysis and documentation, as well as thinking about the patterns and meanings of their use at both the individual and community level. Vernacular architecture studies draws on a broad theoretical perspective that engages many disciplines and critical approaches. The course includes a 1 credit lab that will focus on field work including building analysis/archaeology and building documentation.

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. 

This course teaches graphic documentation methodologies for historic buildings, including hand measuring, drafting, preparing a sketch plan, analyzing buildings, and producing finished drawings in ink. Students will analyze building in situ. 

This course introduces students to a range of economic theories, methods, and issues that must be considered in the practice of historic preservation. Case studies related to community economic develop-ment, adaptive reuse, tax credit programs, project finance, and land use will be presented in this course. 

This course will introduce students to management and practice issues in preservation, covering topics ranging from project management, to budgeting, to personnel, and grantsmanship; these will all be considered in the three main areas of practice – government agencies, non-profits, and for profit companies. Outside speakers from these various practice environments will present on their area(s) of specialization. 

This course provides students in the Certificate Program with an opportunity to develop a portfolio of their work, to include research and seminar papers from each of their preservation courses. In addition, students will prepare an overview essay articulating how the content they have learned in Certificate courses has helped shape their work and reflect on preservation issues and philosophical approaches related to their work.

An independent, applied research project investigating the preservation of a particular site or a specialized issue in historic preservation. This is part one of a two-semester sequence and involves developing the project proposal and bibliography.

An independent, applied research project invesitgating the preservation of a particular site or a specialized issue in historic preservation. This is part two of a two semester sequence and involves project research and writing.

Students will secure a summer internship with an organization engaged in historic preservation work (this can be a public agency, nonprofit, or private firm).