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Course Descriptions

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 629: 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 631 Digital History

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.

HIS 633 Community History Practicum

Students work collaboratively and engage community partners as they research, design, and complete public projects that engage audiences in local/regional history.

HIS 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.

HIS 720-721: Public History Capstone (3)

Conceiving, researching, planning, and creating an original public history project, the first part of a two-semester sequence.

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