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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  




Graduate Course Grading, GPA and Graduation Requirements

The minimum passing grade in graduate-level courses is a B-(2.67). The minimum GPA for M.S. in Historic Preservation graduates is a 3.0.

Registration in Courses

Students pursuing the Master of Science in Historic Preservation who are enrolled in graduate courses may also be enrolled in undergraduate courses during the same semester. In their first year and in consultation with the program director, students in the two-year program select undergraduate and/or graduate ‘bridge’ courses from offerings in historic preservation. With permission of the Dean, undergraduate students in the program may take graduate courses that are part of the program.




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