The following list includes required and elective courses for the graduate concentration. For a more complete list of available courses and the most recent syllabi, see the History Department website.
Study of changing stylistic and cultural developments in the decorative arts with special concentration on America.
Change in historic preservation theory and practice since the 1800's with emphasis on preservation of built environment and development of philosophical approach for designers to contemporary preservation projects.
Professional practices in the care and management of historic site and history museum collections, including principles of collection development, object registration, cataloging, and preservation.
Contemporary architectural conservation principles, practice and technology. Field exercises, group projects and investigation of an individual research topic expand upon lectures and readings.
Material culture as it has been defined and interpreted in the past by scholars from the disciplines of History, Anthropology, Geography, Art History, Psychology, Linguistics, and Archaeology.
Intensive on-site fieldwork experience addressing issues of architectural conservation and historic building technology. Includes methods, techniques, and theories of preservation technology and accepted conservation practices.
Examination of the social and cultural forces affecting the design and use of landscapes and buildings in North America form the colonial period through the mid-twentieth century.
An examination and analysis of the relationship of government programs and policies, community and regional planning strategies, and legal case precedents to the field of historic preservation.
Basic principles in the administration of museums, historic sites, and other cultural resources. Subjects include fundraising, personnel and volunteer management, working with board members, and museum law and ethics.
Theory and practice of interpreting history to the public in the context of museums and historic sites. Topics covered include exhibit planning and technologies, living history, research methods, and audience evaluation.
Methods, techniques, and theories of researching, analyzing, documenting, and evaluating the historic built environment. Includes architectural survey field methods, documentation techniques, archival research, and approaches to evaluating historic significance.
Surveys the basic principles and practices of museum education, emphasizing facilitated experiences. Students learn and practice the skills and techniques utilized by museum educators.
Explores the possibilities and challenges of creating history in digital and multi-media form. Students gain hands-on training in tools and practices and will design original digital public history projects.
Students work collaboratively and engage community partners as they research, design, and complete public projects that engage audiences in local/regional history.
Supervised professional experience in selected museum, historic site, or other professional setting in accordance with major course of study of the student.
Conceiving, researching, planning, and creating an original public history project, the first part of a two-semester sequence.