MAHP Core Courses

HP 601. INTRODUCTION PT I. FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS IN HERITAGE PRESERVATION (3)
Provides an overview and history of historic preservation practices in the United States, challenging students to think critically about how practices and policies might evolve to serve additional constituencies in the future. Students explore how the work of preservation serves various American groups, supports the maintenance of a varied built environment with a sense of place, and contributes to the varied agendas of collective memory.

HP 602. INTRODUCTION PT II. POLICY AND PRACTICE IN AMERICAN HISTORIC PRESERVATION (3)
Provides a general overview of what historic preservation is and does in the United States, focusing on proper framing of inquiry with appropriate language and protocols into a variety of heritage topics. 

HP 614. American Architecture and Building (3 )
Development of American buildings from the colonial period to the present with emphasis on construction materials and technologies that have shaped their appearance.

HP 631. HISTORIC PROPERTY DOCUMENTATION (3)
Documentation techniques for cultural heritage including research methods, preparation of narrative descriptions and statements of significance, and on-site investigations and evaluation.

HP 633. CULTURAL LANDSCAPE THEORY (3)
This course explores the cultural landscape idea as a complex of understandings of societies’ interrelationship with the physical and social world.  Course exercises and readings challenge us to use that understanding within American preservation practices to address a central question:  How will individual and social human interaction inform the identification, protection, and ongoing use of the landscape?

HP 637 RESEARCH SEMINAR (1)
The Research Seminar provides an introduction to framing a research project in the field of Historic Preservation. Students will learn how to develop a topic, select research and analytic frameworks, contextualize the topic and develop actionable recommendations related to practice, in the preparation for writing a thesis treatise or other major research project.

HP 638. THESIS PROPOSAL (1.5)
Proposal of the topic, content and focus of the thesis, including literature research and proposed committee members.

HP 641. THESIS (4.5)
The thesis is the culmination of the program of study and incorporates a stated hypothesis to examine a preservation issue germane to the student's interest. Students will also have the opportunity of selecting additional faculty for HP 641. Thesis with the approval of the thesis director. The thesis committee will examine the written thesis and hear an oral defense. Prerequisite: HP 638.Thesis Proposal.