Historic Preservation

Certificate Major

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Department of Social and Behavioral Science
Penn 301 • Phone (215) 968-8270
Curriculum Code No. 3127

The Historic Preservation Certificate program of study is primarily occupational, providing opportunities for individuals seeking a career in the field of historic preservation. The program is designed for job placement with students finding employment in the historic preservation field in the offices of: community planners, developers, architects, contractors, realtors, zoning commissions, certified local governments, house museums, private and public research agencies, educational institutions, landscape architects, and historic reproduction businesses. Some students may also take the Certificate in order to enhance their present employment situation.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • understand the theoretical and historical bases of historical preservation;
  • demonstrate knowledge of American architectural history;
  • employ research techniques to document historic sites;
  • apply historic preservation standards and regulations to specific sites;
  • communicate historic preservation values to the general public; and
  • prepare a portfolio that demonstrates ability at entry level in the historic preservation field.

Certificate Requirements

Course Credits
HIST197
History and Theory of Historic Preservation
3
HIST198
History of American Architecture
3
HIST199
Methodology and Documentation
3
HIST201
Building Conservation
3
HIST203
Internship for Historic Preservation A
3
Total Required Hours 15
9 Electives Required
HIST194
Historic Preservation Planning and Sustainability
3
HIST195
Introduction to Historical Archaeology
3
HIST202
Law, Taxes and Zoning for Historic Preservation
3
HIST204
Oral History in Preservation
3
HIST205
Restoration Workshop I
3
HIST207
HABS Workshop
3
HIST210
Preservation Field Studies
3
HIST214
Preservation Site Project
3
HIST216
Historic Garden Preservation
3
HIST219
Management of Historic Sites
3
INDP290
Independent Study: Historic Preservation
3
VAFW190
History of American Furniture
3
Total Credit Hours 24

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

Course Credits
HIST197
The History and Theory of Historic Preservation
3

Second Semester

Course Credits
HIST198
History of American Architecture
3
Elective 3

Summer

Course Credits
Elective 3

Third Semester

Course Credits
HIST199
Methodology and Documentation in Historic Preservation
 3
Elective 3

Forth Semester

Course Credits
HIST201
Building Conservation
3
HIST203
Internship for Historic Preservation
3

A Course requires prerequisite.