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Historic Preservation Curriculum

57 Hours to a new profession!

National Council for Preservation Education Standards
The Ursuline College Program in Historic Preservation is recognized by the National Council for Preservation Education for fully meeting its standards for preservation education degree programs.  For a chart relating the NCPE standards to the Ursuline curriculum, please scroll down to the last section of this page.

Where classroom theory meets real life experience.
This is an interdisciplinary degree program where you'll immerse yourself in the community guided by mentors. Courses actively involve you in Historic Preservation as you document buildings and historic sites, then work with community and government leaders to prepare plans for the preservation, redevelopment and adaptive reuse of those sites. You will then write the grant applications needed to fund those planned projects. Finally, you will document each portion of the process to provide a historic record for the community and future generations.

Course of Study
Undergraduates may choose from three curriculum paths:

Major in Historic Preservation
with 57 credit hours in HIP 125, 210, 220, 225, 260, 270, 325, 345, 355, 425, 450, 455, 460, 465, 470, 475; AR 210, PR 321 and HI 290 or 490

Minor in Historic Preservation
with 24 hours including HIP 125, 425, 450, 455, 465, ID 120, and two classes from the following: HIP 225, 325, 345, 355, HI 290 or 490.

Bridge 5-Year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Historic Preservation
Undergraduate students majoring in Historic Preservation may apply to the bridge program in their junior year and will be accepted if they meet the criteria for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. These students will take the 18 credit hours of Bridge courses as part of their undergraduate degree and in so doing will have already completed that coursework.  Only 9 credit hours of Foundation courses and 15 credit hours of Capstone courses will be required for graduation with a Masters.

Undergraduate Major courses - 39 credit hours
Undergraduate/Graduate Bridge courses - 18 credit hours
Graduate Foundation courses - 9 credit hours
Graduate Capstone courses - 15 credit hours

Students may also double major/minor.  Art History and History are the two most popular doubles although many others, such as Business, also make sense.


Fall Semester 1 Spring Semester 1
HiP 125 Introduction to HiP HiP 225 Architectural History
HiP/Int 120 Architectural Drawing HiP/Int 160 CAD
Elective AR 210 Graphic Design I
US 101 Introductory Seminary US 102 Introductory Seminar
Mathematics Science
Fall Semester 3 Spring Semester 4
HiP/Int 210 Materials and Methods HiP/Int 279 Codes and Regulations
HiP/Int 325 American Architecture HiP 355 Cleveland Architecture
US 350 Introduction to Culture I US 351 Introduction to Culture II
Society Self
Elective Aesthetic Response
Fall Semester 5 Spring Semester 6
HiP 425/525 Documenting/Recording HiP/Int 340 Furniture History
PR 321 Grants HiP 475 Internship
World Culture HiP  460/560 Conservation Studio
American Culture Western Culture
HiP/Hi 290 or HiP/Hi 420 Int 340 Studio III
Elective Elective
Fall Semester 7 Spring Semester 8
HiP 450/550 Issues & Ethics HiP 465/465 Preservation Planning
HiP 455/455 Preservation Law HiP 470/570 Adaptive ReUse
Religion Religion
Philosophy Elective
US 401 Culminating Seminar Elective
Elective 1 credit hour student learning

Audit Sheet

Historic Preservation Audit Sheet (.pdf)

Course Descriptions

HIP 125 Introduction to Historic Preservation and Preserving Cultural Memory (3)
Introduces historic preservation in perspective to other public history professions. Provides a solid grounding in the history, theory, philosophy and practice of historic preservation with special focus on how historical significance is determined culturally and architecturally. Historic preservation is an interdisciplinary field that relies upon a broad variety of disciplines, including archaeology, architecture, history, landscape studies, public policy, real estate and business development, and urban and rural planning. This class briefly investigates the implications of those involvements.

HIP 210 Materials and Methods (3)
Students will become acquainted with construction and finish materials used in both historic and contemporary construction. Students will become acquainted with restoration methods underway in workshops, studios and on job sites. Under the guidance of master carpenters, glaziers, masons, decorative artists and other professionals, students are introduced to various restoration methods. Proper protection, tool care and usage, job site mobilization, scaffolding and rigging are covered.

HIP 220 Architectural Drawing (3)
This studio class is intended to equip the student with the terminology, knowledge and drafting skill required to record and create basic floor plans and elevations. Upon completion, students will know how to take field measurements and produce a scale drawing using conventional architectural nomenclature and technique.

HIP 225 Architectural History (3)
This course surveys the history of Western architecture from Classical Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Neoclassical period, Victorian and Modern. Upon completion, students will demonstrate skill in identifying styles and element using correct architectural terminology. Fieldwork is incorporated.

HIP 260 CAD (3)
This class uses architectural design software in order to produce and modify architectural drawings. Upon completion, students will demonstrate the ability to execute a floor plan and an elevation using computer-aided design.
Prerequisite: INT 120

HI 290 or HIP/HI 490 World Sacred Landmarks or Cleveland Sacred Landmarks (3)
Study of historic places of worship including the styles, elements, symbolism, relationship to the community and meaning. Field trips to sacred landmarks and their documentation will be a focus, in order to treat these structures as both historic landmarks and subjects for historic preservation methods. As part of the minor in Sacred Landmarks, the Sacred Arts Inventory Project of the Catholic Diocese and the Center for Sacred Landmarks, students may substitute formal documentation of stained glass windows for a portion of the coursework.

HIP 325 American Architecture (3)
This course surveys the 400 years of American architecture, beginning with the Colonies in the 17th century and concluding with the present. Students will understand high-style and vernacular architecture in America and demonstrate the ability to identify styles, understand construction and materials, and societal values. Field study will be an important aspect of the class.

HIP 345 Furniture History (3)
The goal of this class is to enable students to identify styles of furniture and furnishings in Europe and America from Classical Greece to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the modern periods and students will be able to match appropriate furniture with any architectural style or building form.

HIP 355 Cleveland Architecture (3)
Students will read about and visit buildings in Cleveland and the neighboring communities. In addition to knowledge about Cleveland, students will gain an understanding of Midwestern architectural forms and variations, including vernacular styles.
Prerequisites: HIP 225 or 325

HIP 475 Internship (3)
The purpose is to give students experience with the profession of historic preservation. By placing them with an agency or individual preservationist, students will learn directly from experience and from professionals in the field.
Prerequisite: Permission of the Director


HIP 425/525 Documenting and Recording Historical Properties (3)
Students employ techniques for analyzing, documenting, and recording the details of historic architecture and interiors using field investigation, interpretation of architectural evidence, construction chronology, restoration analysis, preparation of measured drawings, basic graphic representation and photography.
Prerequisites: Drafting/AutoCAD

HIP 450/550 Issues and Ethics in Preserving Cultural Memory (3)
Students explore contemporary preservation issues, advocacy strategies and ethical standards in relation to the professional practice of preservation and public history.

HIP 455/555 Preservation Law (3)
This lecture/discussion course examines the history, theory, and practice of preserving historic resources through the United States legal system. Students will analyze how laws are made in general; understand significant national, state and local preservation law; explore legal strategies for protecting historic sites and districts; investigate building codes and finance; and study preservation case law. Students examine the fundamentals of legal protection for and regulation of historic cultural resources. Preservation is addressed in light of political systems that shape contemporary attitudes toward the historic environment.

HIP 460/560 Conservation Studio (3)
This lecture/discussion/studio course covers the identification, conservation, and restoration of historic building materials (wood, stone, brick, concrete, steel) plus architectural, furniture and decorative arts finishes (paints, varnishes, glazes, gilding, plating, coatings, etc.) their history (especially in America), and their components and applications. Appropriate conservation strategies and techniques are demonstrated. Students participate in discussions on the ethics and philosophy of surface conservation.

HIP 465/565 Preservation Planning (3)
This lecture/discussion course examines practical and philosophical issues in planning for preservation and the methods for project implementation. Among the topics included are preservation surveys, zoning and conservation ordinances, easements, building codes, historical district and landmark designation, design review, roles of preservation agencies (local, state, and national), preservation economics/incentives/tax credits and public relations.

HIP 470/570 Adaptive ReUse (3)
This studio course presents specific historic sites in need of rehabilitation for continued use. Students are responsible for researching a site, conducting feasibility studies, and generating design criteria goals and solutions. Particular emphasis is given to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures. Students combine design and drawing skills with technical knowledge in order to solve problems in creative, appropriate, and economical ways.

Electives/Special Topics/Independent Studies/Practicums/Internships (vary)
Elective offerings vary according to student interests, projects, issues, and local opportunities. These have previously included: Czech Your Public History; History of Architecture; Historic American Building Survey (HABS); Historic Interior Objects; Sacred Landmarks; and Western Reserve History Through Place.

The National Council on Preservation Education has extended full membership to the Ursuline College Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Historic Preservation for fully meeting its standards for preservation education degree programs.


1. History of the designed environment, 
architecture, urban development, 
landscape architecture, and/or material 
HiP 225 Architectural History;
HiP 325 American Architecture;
HiP 355 Cleveland Architecture or Hip 488
Western Reserve
History Through Place
3, 3, 3
2. History and theory of preservationHiP 125 Intro; 
HiP 450/550
Issues and Ethics
3, 3
3. Documentation and recording
AR210 Visual Comm; HiP 220 Architectural Drawing;
HiP 260 CAD; 
HiP 425/525
Historical Properties
3, 3, 3
4. Internship, practicum, or apprenticeshipHiP 475 Internship3
5. Design Issues: appropriateness, 
restoration/rehabilitation, in-fill, 
exterior/interior concerns, effect on
HiP 345 Furniture History or
US 401
Material Culture;
HiP 470/570
Adaptive ReUse
3, 3
6. Technological issues: history, evaluation
in building materials and systems
HiP 210 Materials & Methods; 
HiP 460/560
Conservation Studio
7. Economic issues: marketing principles,
public/private finance, property
management, budget preparation
PR 321 Grant Writing3
8. Legal issues: constitutional law,
preservation case law, regulatory 
legislation and administration at the
federal/state/local level
HiP 455/555
Preservation Law
9. Planning issues: zoning, strategic
planning, housing, social aspects of real
estate development, archeological and
cultural landscapes
HiP 465/565
Preservation Planning
10. Curatorial issues: site development,
interpretation, management
11. Additional CourseworkHI 290 or 4903