Minors & Certificates
What is Historic Preservation?
This program is designed to develop an appreciation for and a working knowledge of the issues and techniques involved in historic preservation. The certificate is awarded upon the successful completion of the required courses and an internship, studios, or projects required by particular departments.
Those enrolling in the program pursue the certificate from a home department within the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, or the UC College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Since its founding in 1981, the historic preservation certificate program has offered undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to earn the certificate while completing the requirements for an academic or professional degree, as well as giving non-matriculated students or those already holding a bachelor's degree the opportunity to earn the certificate. The certificate is not an accredited degree by itself, but offers a specialization to those earning other accredited degrees.
The certificate program requires an internship to complete. The internship represents either a paid co-op with a firm or organization that engages in historic preservation work, or a volunteer effort with a non-profit preservation-oriented organization that amounts to 90 hours of service. Qualified students may substitute professional service for the internship.
Interns are expected to immerse themselves as thoroughly as time and circumstances permit in the practice and processes of historic preservation. Interns should seek opportunities to observe and participate in as broad a range of historic preservation activities. For example, interns should ask, and should be invited, to attend meetings where preservation issues are discussed and should attempt to observe the processes by which policy is implemented. There may also be particular needs on the part of those who sponsor internships or specific requirements of the advisor, such as learning how to prepare and present National Register of Historic Places nominations.
Take one course from this grouping.
|SAID1021||Modernism and Form: History of Architecture 1750 to Present||3|
|ARCH6027||History of American Architecture||3|
Course in Chosen Track
Take one course. This course is intended to be taken in the student's major field of study.
|ARCH3001||Architecture Studio 3||6|
|ARTH3014||Approaches to Art History||3|
|HIST3028||American Material Culture||3|
|INTD4001||Interior Design Studio 4||6|
|PLAN2012||Planning Design Studio: Neighborhood/District||3|
|GEOG6064||Geography of the Inner City||3|
|HIST3046||Museums and Collecting||3|
One Directed Elective course is required. Courses not selected for the Urban History & Structure or Chosen Track Group may be taken to fulfill the Directed Elective requirement. Courses required by the student's major program should not be used to fulfill this requirement.
|GEOG4061||Globalization and Cities||3|
|ENVE3098||Readings in Sustainability||3|
|ARTH3030||West and Central African Art||3|
|ARTH2005||19th-Century Art, Theory, and Visual Culture in France||3|
|CLAS2024||The Archaeology of Greek Mythology||3|
|HORT3051||Landscape History and Theory||3|
|SAID2022||Ritual and Space||3|
|RE6050||Real Estate Development||3|
|RE2072||Real Estate Law||3|
|ANTH4020||Principles of Archaeological Analysis||3|
|ARTH3024||Visual Media, Theory, and Criticism||3|
|PLAN6078||Introduction to Historic Preservation in Planning||3 - 4|
|PLAN6019||Cultural Resources, Tourism and Development||3 - 4|
|CLAS4003||Warp and Weft: Textile in the Ancient World||3|
|PLAN6077||The City and Social Theory||3 - 4|
|HORT3050||Landscape History to 1900||3|
|PLAN2054||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|ARTH2071||Survey of Japanese Art||3|
|CLAS4002||Nuts and Bolts: Technology in the Ancient World||3|
|ARTH3097||Public Art and Public Funding in the U.S.||3|
|HIST4052||Cities in the Nineteenth Century||3|
|HIST3019||History of American Invention||3|
|INTD3021||Interior Design History Theory Criticism 1||3|
|ARCH2023||The Classical Tradition in Architecture||3|
|ARTH3072||19th-Century Art, 1850-1900||3|
|HIST6010||Public History Practicum||3 - 4|
|CLAS2021||Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt||3|
|CLAS3011||Palaces of the Bronze Age Aegean||3|
|ANTH3023||Ohio Valley Prehistory||3|
|INTD4022||Interior Design History Theory Criticism 2||3|
|ARTH2070||Survey of Chinese Art||3|
|PLAN6033||Greening Cities and Neighborhoods: tools, practices, and planning||3 - 4|
|ARTH3042||Early Modern Japanese Art||3|
|GEOG3044||Consumption, Culture and Society||3|
|HIST3089||Technology in World History||3|
|CLAS2023||Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome||3|
|CLAS3012||The Acropolis of Athens: An Ancient City's Sacred Heart||3|
|ARTH3071||19th-Century Art to 1850||3|
|RE2071||Real Estate Principles & Practices||3|
|ARCH4051||History and Theory of Cities||3|
|HIST4010||The Environmental Movement||3|
|PLAN4053||Urban Planning Law||3|
|CLAS2022||Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece||3|
|HIST4022||Style and Power in 19th Century America||3|
Historic Preservation Certificate Requirements
This 18-20 hour certificate is intended for students in a UC degree-seeking program.
|ARCH6025||Introduction to Historic Preservation||3|
|ARCH6026||Techniques of Historic Preservation||3|
One Internship or equivalent requirement from group below (see req.)
One Directed Elective course from group below
One course in Chosen Track group from below
|3 - 6|
One course from Architectural History group below
One Urban History & Structure course from group below
This course is only one way to fulfill this requirement. No credit hours are associated with this requirement. The requirement is as follows: Students must complete an internship requirement. For students in co-op programs, a COOP course at the 2000-level or above is acceptable with permission of the student's program advisor. For students not required to participate in co-op, an internship with historic preservation focus must be approved by the student's program advisor. The internship must consist of either: a) 100 hours unpaid work for a not-for-profit organization b) 200 hours work paid at minimum wage or c) 400 hours paid work within the co-op program, fulfilling the COOP2000-level or above requirement
|INT3001||Academic Internships for Multidisciplines - Semester 1||1 - 12|
Urban History & Structure
Take one course from this grouping.
|PLAN6040||History of Urban Form||3 - 4|
|HIST6026||The Unsustainable City||3|
|HIST3021||History of Cincinnati||3|
|CLAS2012||Pompeii: The Life and Death of an Ancient City||3|
|HIST2026||Cities in American History||3|
|PLAN3051||Urban Spatial Structures||3|
Contact the program director, whose name and information appear at the top of this screen.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tri-state location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.
The Internship offers the opportunity to gain valuable "hands-on" experience in the practice and processes of historic preservation. In consultation with your advisor, the students select an individual, group, organization or agency whose involvement in historic preservation projects best fits their interests and goals. Internships require at least 90 hours of time that, ideally, is somewhat equally divided between instruction and the practical application of what you have learned. In addition, the student is asked to submit a brief paper on the internship experience to the advisor, who may also seek an appraisal of the student's performance from the organization. Qualified students may substitute professional service for the internship, though a paper describing the work is still required.
There are three kinds of internships:
- Professional practice (co-op) assignments, such as those in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, which fulfill the requirement if significant work on a historic preservation project is obtained
- Those with not-for-profit organizations, museums, local interest groups, etc
- Those with commercial firms doing contract workâ€”these firms are expected to agree to pay the student for at least forty-five hours of work at the prevailing minimum wage. Students not undertaking a co-op assignment must enroll in the appropriate internship/independent study course
Freshman Admission Requirements
Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.
In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.
Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.
Students should confirm that they have declared the certificate program online and that the certificate program director is aware of when they are finishing the program. Students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree will receive their certificate at the time they submit their separate degree application.
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Historic Preservation
Full-Time Program Duration
Uptown Campus West
360F McMicken Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0373
Phone: (513) 556-2057