Historic Preservation Curriculum
Course of Study
Students may pursue their Master of Arts in Historic Preservation either full or part time. Two primary curriculum paths lead to the master's degree:
Traditional Master of Arts in Historic Preservation
42 Graduate credit hours are required including:
- Foundation courses - 9 credit hours
- Bridge courses - 18 credit hours
- Capstone courses - 15 credit hours
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
MAHIP 589 Foundations in Preserving Cultural Memory - 3 Credit Hours
MAHIP 500 Research Methods in History and Historic Preservation I - 3 Credit Hours
MAHIP 504 Survey and Nomination - 3 Credit Hours
HIP 425/525 Documenting and Recording Historic Properties - 3 Credit Hours
HIP 450/550 Issues and Ethics in Preserving Cultural Memory - 3 Credit Hours
HIP 455/555 Preservation Law - 3 Credit Hours
HIP 460/560 Conservation Studio - 3 Credit Hours
HIP 465/565 Preservation Planning - 3 Credit Hours
HIP 470/570 Adaptive Reuse - 3 Credit Hours
MAHIP 501 Research Methods in History and Historic Preservation II - 3 Credit Hours
MAHIP 502 Grant Writing - 3 Credit Hours
MAHIP 600 Thesis I - 3 Credit Hours
MAHIP 601 Thesis II - 3 Credit Hours
Elective Class/Internship/Independent Study- 3 Credit Hours
Sample Course Sequence for Full-Time Graduate Students
HIP 589 Foundations in Preserving Cultural Memory
HiP 500 Research Methods I
HiP 555 Preservation Law
HiP 560 Conservation Studio
HiP 501 Research Methods II
HiP 504 Survey and Nomination
HiP 565 Preservation Planning
HiP 570 Adaptive ReUse
HiP 502 Grant Writing
HiP 525 Documenting and Recording Historical Properties
HiP 550 Issues and Ethics in Preserving Cultural Memory
HiP 600 Thesis I
HiP 601 Thesis II
Historical Preservation Audit Sheet (.pdf)
MAHIP 589 Foundations in Preserving Cultural Memory (3 Credits)
This course introduces historic preservation in perspective to other public history professions. It 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 fields, 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.
MAHIP 500 Research Methods in History and Historic Preservation I (3 Credits)
Students explore historiography, historical theory and analysis, and methods for cultural and historical research. Students are introduced to local archival/library repositories useful for research. Thesis development and writing skills are included.
MAHIP 504 Survey and Nomination (3 Credits)
This course introduces two absolutely essential tools for historic preservation practice: Historic Resource Surveys/Inventories (including reconnaissance and intensive surveys) and National Register Nominations. Students will attain a working knowledge of these tools through individual experience in researching and writing for historic preservation projects. Students will also get practical experience in presenting their projects and information to audiences, both formally and informally. Although much of the work will be independent, there will be a series of classroom meetings and instructor appointments throughout the semester.
MAHIP 500 and 589
HIP 425/525 Documenting and Recording Historic Properties (3 Credits)
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.
MAHIP 500, 589 and Drafting/AutoCAD
HIP 450/550 Issues and Ethics in Preserving Cultural Memory (3 Credits)
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 Credits)
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 Credits)
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 Credits)
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, historic district and landmark designation, design review, roles of preservation agencies (local, state and national), preservation economics, incentives and tax credits, and public relations.
HIP 470/570 Adaptive Use (3 Credits)
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.
MAHIP 501 Methods II (3 Credits)
This seminar focuses on selecting, researching, analyzing, designing, organizing and writing the Historic Preservation thesis. Students learn how to select and research their thesis topic as well as prepare an outline, precis, annotated bibliography and prospectus.
MAHIP 500 and 589
In lieu of MAHiP 501, students may elect to take three combined credit hours of one credit hour specialized Methods 501 coursework selected from the following:
MAHIP 502 Grant Writing (3 Credits)
- MAHIP 501a - Application of Project Management Methods
- Application of business management principles for scoring, prioritizing and timelining projects to maximized human and budgetary resources.
- MAHIP 501c - Cultural Landscapes Methods Practicum
- MAHIP 501h - Heritage Writing Methods Practicum
- MAHIP 501i - Heritage Interpretation Methods Practicum
- MAHIP 501l - Local History Methods Practicum
- MAHIP 501m - Museum Methods Practicum
- MAHIP 501o - Oral History Methods Practicum
- MAHIP 501p - Methods of Prospectus Preparation
- MAHIP 501ps - Methods of Primary Source Research
- MAHIP 501r - Archival Methods Practicum
- MAHIP 501v - Video Documentary Methods Practicum
- Additional courses may be added as needed
Introduction to the role of the grant writer in the nonprofit sector. Emphasis on the ethics of fundraising and development and the attitudes and values associated with the act of asking for money. Provides an overview of the various types of fundraising. Student will write a proposal for a grant in Historic Preservation. The grant with complete budgetary information and time frame must be worthy of being funded in order to receive credit. Although most of the work will be independent online, there will be a series of classroom meetings.
MAHIP 500 and 589
MAHIP 600/601 Thesis (6 Credits)
The final degree requirement is a research-intensive master's thesis. This two course sequence focuses on the development, research and writing of the thesis. With guidance from an advisor and a committee of readers, the student will independently research and write an original thesis on a preservation topic of personal and professional interest using primary materials. The thesis builds on the specific student work from the courses in Methods II, Grant Writing and Survey/Nomination.
Electives (3 Credits)
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.