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Preservation and Cultural Heritage

The minor in Preservation and Cultural Heritage provides students with knowledge, skills and credentials that complement undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of majors, but especially Architecture, Interior Design, Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and History. To these ends, the minor has two major curricular objectives:

  • Provide students with a holistic understanding of historic preservation that draws from the various departments involved, yet allows for the development of expertise within a student’s specific major.
  • Provide a curriculum that conforms with the National Council for Preservation Education’s pedagogical guidelines and the Federal government’s Professional Qualification Standards for historic preservation under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 61.


Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours to receive this minor. At least six (6) credits need to be taken at the 300 or above (see list below), and at least nine (9) of the 15 credits must not be used to meet any other department, college or university requirement except the credit requirement for graduation.

Please choose six (6) credits from Section 1: Preservation Courses, three (3) credits from Section 2: General History, and six (6) credits from Section 3: History and Design of the Built Environment.

Section 1: Preservation Courses – Please choose any two (2) courses (6 credits) from the following:

ARCH 568: Historic Preservation (3 credits)
ARTID 569D: Advanced Studies in Interior Design: Preservation (3 credits)
ARCH 567: Preservation, Restoration, and Rehabilitation (3 credits)
CRP 511: Documenting the Historic Built Environment (3 credits)

Section 2: General History – Please choose any one (1) course (3 credits) from the following:

ART H 383: Greek and Roman Art (3 credits)
ART H 384: Art of Islam (3 credits)
ART H 385: Renaissance Art (3 credits)
ART H 386: American Art to 1945 (3 credits)
HIST 307: American Popular Culture (3 credits)
HIST 320: History of Modern Europe (3 credits)
HIST 362: Global Environmental History (3 credits)
HIST 363: U.S. Environmental History (3 credits)
HIST 386: U.S. Women’s History (3 credits)
HIST 468: History of Rural America (3 credits)
HIST 488: American Stuff (3 credits)

Section 3: History, Design, and Planning of the Built Environment – Please choose two (2) courses or one (1) studio (6 credits total) from the following. Note: One of the two courses can be an independent study that students can take with any faculty teaching courses in the minor in Preservation and Cultural Heritage program.

ARCH 221: Histories and Theories of Architecture to 1750 (3 credits)
ARCH 322: Histories and Theories of Architecture after 1750 (3 credits)
ART H 280: History of Art I (3 credits)
ART H 281: History of Art II (3 credits)
ART H 597: Green Art: Earthworks and Beyond (3 credits)
ARTID 355: History, Theory, and Criticism of Interior Design 1 (3 credits)
ARTID 356: History, Theory, and Criticism of Interior Design II (3 credits)
CRP 421: Financing Historic Preservation and Revitalization Communities (3 credits)
CRP 521: Historic Preservation Planning: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
DSN S 546: Preservation & Cultural Heritage Studio (6 credits)
INDD 380: History and Culture of Objects (3 credits)
LA 371: History of Modern Landscapes (3 credits)
LA 373: Gardens and Landscapes from Antiquity to 1750 (3 credits)

How to Apply for the Minor

If you are interested in registering for the Preservation and Cultural Heritage minor, contact your academic adviser. They will complete a curriculum change form to add the minor for you.


For any program-specific questions, please email the program coordinator, Mikesch Muecke, associate professor of architecture, at