Historic Preservation - Certificate
The certificate in Historic Preservation, administered by the Center for Heritage Conservation in the College of Architecture, is open to students in a graduate degree program at Texas A&M University. The certificate draws on strong discipline-based academic programs that prepare for careers in historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning, urban and regional science, anthropology, archaeology, engineering, or related fields. Courses offered expose students to documentation techniques for recording historic buildings, preservation technology, principles of building technology, issues in sustainable development, preservation law and policy, preservation planning, cultural heritage conservation, conservation of archaeological resources, cultural resource management, public engagement, and heritage tourism. Historic preservation is a cross-disciplinary field, and the certificate program’s design reflects this principle. The certificate, as a result, is designed to explore the ways in which historic preservation intersects with and complements other fields related to cultural resource management and the built environment.
Students who complete the certificate will be able to demonstrate mastery and integration of historic preservation knowledge by identifying preservation needs and applying specialized knowledge from certificate coursework to a historic preservation challenge in their dissertation, thesis, or professional design study. They will also be able to articulate preservation theory, values, and ethics and will become familiar with relevant codes and standards. Students who complete the certificate are prepared to work in fields related to preservation, architecture, planning, or archaeology, among others; they are trained to address questions of how the natural and built environment reflects our cultural and social history.
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The student must complete a MINIMUM of fifteen (15) credit hours of coursework with historic preservation content. The courses MUST be applicable toward a graduate degree at Texas A&M University, but need not necessarily be included on the student's degree plan.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|ARCH 646||Historic Preservation Theory and Practice||3|
|Select 12 hours of the following: 1,2||12|
|Architectural Design IV|
|Seminar in Art and Architectural History 3|
|Documentation of Historic Buildings and Sites|
|Building Preservation Technology|
|Advanced History of Building Technology|
|Digital Architectural Photography|
|Special Topics in... 3|
Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning:
|Critical Place Studies: Theory, Research and Practice|
|Geographical Information Systems in Landscape and Urban Planning|
|Law and Legislation Related to Planning|
|Special Topics in... 3|
|Conservation of Archaeological Resources I|
|Conservation of Archaeological Resources II|
|Skills in Maritime Archaeology|
|Processes in Cultural Geography|
Recreation, Parks and Tourism:
|Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||15|
At least three (3) credit hours of coursework with historic preservation content MUST be from outside the student's major field.
The student must complete a Professional Study, Professional Paper, Thesis, or Dissertation with a significant historic preservation content.
May be counted towards the certificate if topic is related to Historic Preservation education and is approved by Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation
Must complete a Professional Study, Professional Paper, Thesis, or Dissertation with a significant historic preservation content.
Must participate in a colloquium to communicate the historic preservation content of the completed Professional Study, Professional Paper, Thesis, or Dissertation to be evaluated by the Director and Certificate Committee of the Center for Historic Preservation.