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.

ARCH 646Historic Preservation Theory and Practice3
Select 12 hours of the following: 1,212
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
Construction Science:
Special Topics in... 3
Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning:
Critical Place Studies: Theory, Research and Practice
Professional Study
Sustainable Development
Geographical Information Systems in Landscape and Urban Planning
Law and Legislation Related to Planning
Special Topics in... 3
Professional Study
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
Heritage Tourism
Professional Study
Total Semester Credit Hours15

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.