Why study 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 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.

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.

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.

Contact the program director, whose name and information appear at the top of this screen.

Students in the UC 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 work—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

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.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

David Stradling
360F Arts & Sciences Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0373
(513) 556-2057

Program Code: 15CRT-HIPV-C2