Course Descriptions

The following courses are offered by the Departments of History and Interior Architecture as required or elective courses for the graduate concentrations and post-baccalaureate certificate in Historic Preservation. For a more complete list of available courses, see the sites of the History Department and the Interior Architecture Department.

HIS/LIS 505: Introduction to Archival Management (3)

Principles of archival management, featuring both classroom instruction in archival theory and practical experience in manuscript repositories and public and private archives.

HIS/IAR 536: History of the Decorative Arts (3)

Study of changing stylistic and cultural developments in the decorative arts with special concentration on America.

HIS/IAR 543: Historic Preservation: Principles and Practice (3)

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.

HIS/IAR 545: Southern History and Southern Material Culture in a Museum Context (3)

Combined southern history and material culture with a museum practicum. Offered each summer at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem.

HIS/IAR 547: History Museum Curatorship: Collections Management (3)

Professional practices in the care and management of historic site and history museum collections, including principles of collection development, object registration, cataloging, and preservation.

HIS/IAR 548: Architectural Conservation (3)

Contemporary architectural conservation principles, practice and technology. Field exercises, group projects and investigation of an individual research topic expand upon lectures and readings.

HIS/IAR 552: History and Theories in Material Culture (3)

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.

HIS/IAR 555: Field Methods in Preservation Technology (3)

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.

HIS/IAR 589: Museum Education

Surveys the basic principles and practices of museum education, emphasizing facilitated experiences. Students learn and practice the skills and techniques utilized by museum educators.

HIS/IAR 624: History of American Landscapes and Architecture (3)

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.

HIS/IAR 625: Preservation Planning and Law (3)

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.

HIS/IAR 626: The Practice of Public History (3)

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.

HIS/IAR 627: Museum and Historic Site Interpretation: Principles and Practice (3)

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.

HIS/IAR 628: Identification and Evaluation of the Historic Built Environment (3)

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.

HIS/IAR 690: Internship (3)

Supervised professional experience in selected museum, historic site, or other professional setting in accordance with major course of study of the student.