Historic Preservation Courses

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HISP 200 - The Everyday and the American Environment (3)
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.


HISP 600 - History, Theory, and Practice of Historic Preservation (3)
An introduction to the history, theory and practice of historic preservation covered through readings, discussions, presentations, class projects, and field trips. 


HISP 611 - Historical Research Methods (3)
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. 


HISP 619O - Special topics in Historic Preservation; Three-Dimensional Documentation Using Laser-Based Measurement
This course covers the fundamentals of documenting components of the built environment and the landscapes in which they are located.  It focuses on the use of lasers to calculate 3-D measurements at various scales, from objects to buildings, and landscapes.


HISP 619Y - Understanding Place: Historic Cultural Landscapes of Yorkshire and Northeast England (0 - 3)
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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HISP 629 - Independent Study in Historic Preservation (1 - 3)
Proposed work must have a faculty sponsor and receive approval from the student’s advisor.


HISP 630 - Preservation Policy and Planning (3)
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. 


HISP 635 - Social and Ethnic Issues in Historic Preservation Practice (3)
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. 


HISP 640 - Historic Preservation Law (3)
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.


HISP 645 - Archaeology and Preservation (3)
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).


HISP 650 - Historic Preservation Studio Workshop (6)
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.


HISP 655 - American Vernacular Architecture and Documentation (4)
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.


HISP 660 - Internship in Historic Preservation (1 - 3)
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.


HISP 670 - Conservation of Historic Places: Historic Materials, Building Systems, and Conservation (3)
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. 


HISP 679 - Introduction to Measured Drawings for Historic Preservation (3)
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. 


HISP 680 - Preservation Economics (3)
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 development, adaptive reuse, tax credit programs, project finance, and land use will be presented in this course. 


HISP 690 - Preservation Management and Practice (2)
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. 


HISP 701 - Certificate Portfolio Project (1)
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.


HISP 710 - Final Project in Historic Preservation I (1)
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.


HISP 711 - Final Project in Historic Preservation II (2)
An independent, applied research project investigating 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.


HISP - Internship in Historic Preservation (Non-credit Requirement)
Students will secure a summer internship with an organization engaged in historic preservation work (this can be a public agency, nonprofit, or private firm).