Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation Planning and Sustainability

HIST194

Historic Preservation Planning and Sustainability introduces students to the principles, practices, and procedures of land-use planning and public policy associated with historic preservation planning. Sustainable communities and the historic preservation connection are discussed within the context of case studies. Issues include combating sprawl, preserving rural landscapes, and managing growth.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Introduction to Historical Archaeology I

HIST195

An introduction to the methodology of historical research, excavation, classification, description, and analysis of historical sites. Field experience and laboratory practice are a major part of the course.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

The History and Theory of Historic Preservation

HIST197

This course will survey the historical antecedents of the historic preservation movement in America and introduce students to its theoretical foundations.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

History of American Architecture

HIST198

A survey of American architectural styles with emphasis on Bucks County�s role in this development.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Methodology and Documentation in Historic Preservation

HIST199

The methodology of documenting historic sites will be studied and applied to local buildings and structures.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Building Conservation

HIST201

The course teaches students to see buildings in a new way: as ever decaying artifacts in need of vigilant care. All components of a building are covered along with an understanding of a building�s relationship to its environment.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Law, Taxes, and Zoning for Historic Preservation

HIST202

Federal, state, and local laws are studied as they relate to the preservation of historic structures. Special attention is given to the role of historic architecture review boards, as well as planning commissions in the decision making process.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Internship for Historic Preservation

HIST203

The Internship for Historic Preservation provides students with practical training in the field. Students apply historic preservation skills to a selected preservation project. Students work directly under the supervision of a Historic Preservation Professional to develop the project plan and execution.

3 credits
Prerequisite: 18 credits of completed coursework in Historic Preservation (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Oral History

HIST204

This course combines the theory and practice of oral history with extensive field work. Students examine the legal and practical issues of recording oral histories as they apply to a public project. Students interview, record, transcribe, formally present and assemble the material into an accepted archival format.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Restoration Workshop

HIST205

The course is a hands-on approach to the conservation and preservation of buildings. Building techniques are stressed.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

HABS Survey Workshop

HIST207

Students will study measured drawing procedures employed by the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and apply them to local buildings. The course will include extensive field and drawing experience.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

History, Society and Architecture in the Delaware Valley

HIST208

This course will explore the history of Bucks County and neighboring areas, with special reference to settlement patterns of various ethnic groups and their influence on the landscape, building traditions, and material culture.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Historic Preservation Field Studies

HIST210

This course will offer a different emphasis each semester. Barns in Bucks County and Architectural Preservation in England have been studied in past years as important aspects of preservation history.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Preservation Site Project

HIST214

This course combines classroom study with hands-on field work under the guidance of a historic preservation professional at a chosen site. Real-world experience surveying and assessing a historic building project or other historical site supplements class sessions. Students apply skills of drafting, photography, and writing to complete a class project.

3 credits
Prerequisite: HIST201 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Historic Garden Preservation

HIST216

This course provides an overview of garden preservation and/or restoration for historic sites. The student will be introduced to American landscape design, the science of horticulture, and landscape site preparation. Students will receive hands-on training in many facets of a formal garden restoration project on campus. Field trips are included.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Management of Historic Sites

HIST219

Using case studies, students study the principles, methods and disciplines required to manage a small museum or historic site, with special emphasis on personnel, financial and collections management, exhibit development and interpretation, fundraising, marketing, customer service, governance, ethics and professional standards.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Independent Study

INDP290

credits
Prerequisite:

History of American Furniture

VAFW190

Students analyze American furniture in the context of craft, elements of style, connoisseurship, historical influences, connections to European and Eastern traditions, socio-economics, regionalism, pattern books, and related domestic architecture.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or better or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: None