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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Historic Preservation Graduate Certificate

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Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

The University of Colorado Denver Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the College of Architecture and Planning and the History Department, is awarded by the History Department. The Certificate Program is open to any qualified graduate student or non-degree seeking student with a bachelor’s degree. 

The certificate provides CU Denver students and the wider community with foundational knowledge and skills in Historic Preservation, a field that enhances studies and professional work in areas such as architecture, heritage tourism, historic preservation, national park interpretation, public history, urban studies and related fields. 

The certificate can stand on its own, can complement a graduate program in Architecture, History, or Urban Planning; or can serve as a beginning to graduate studies. It can also be a stepping stone to further work in Historic Preservation with the College of Architecture and Planning’s Masters of Science in Historic Preservation.

Applicants must have a B.A. or B.S. degree.

Interested students must register their intent to complete the Certificate with the Director of the Public History & Preservation Program, CU Denver History Department. Students already enrolled in a graduate program at CU Denver can begin their Certificate work at any point during their studies. Non-degree students must apply to the university as a non-degree seeking student.

All certificate coursework for History students must be approved by the History Department’s Historical Preservation advisor, Prof. Tom Noel ( CAP students must work with CAP Historic Preservation advisor, Prof. Chris Koziol (

The History Department expects that all courses in the certificate program  will be taken in residency at CU Denver.  Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA, and no course below B- will count towards the certificate.

Graduate students in the History Department can count courses for both their major or minor fields and the requirements for the certificate.

Certificate in Historic Preservation: 18 credits

Required Courses (6 hours):

  • HIST 5232 , Historic Preservation or HIST 6989 , Historic Preservation Seminar (listed as a topics course - check for the title) (3 credits) One of these courses is offered once a year by the History Department
  • HIPR 6010   Preservation Theory and Practice (3 credits) This course is offered every fall by the College of Architecture & Planning

Optional Courses (to complete the 18 credit hours required). These remaining 12 credit hours should be distributed so that at least 3 hours are from each of the two participating colleges, CLAS and CAP, and hence, no more than 9 hours from the other. Be sure to consult your preservation advisor (Profs. Koziol or Noel) on your course selection.

  • HIST 6950 , History Thesis Project (3 credits) or HIST 6952 Public History Project related to preservation (3 credits)
  • HIST 5939 , Heritage Tourism (3 credits)
  • HIST 5939  or HIPR 6930  Internship (3 credits)
  • HIST 5229 , Colorado Historical Places (3 credits)HIST 6989 , Historic Preservation Seminar (3 credits)
  • HIST 5240  , National Parks History (3 credits)
  • HIST 5228 , Western Art & Architecture (3 credits)
  • ARCH 6210 , History of American Architecture (3 credits)
  • ARCH 6212 , History of Modern Architecture (3 credits)
  • HIPR 6110 , Regionalism(s) & Vernacular in Context (3 credits)
  • HIPR 6210 , Survey, Significance, and Recognition (3 credits)

Admissions Requirements

  1. Applicant must have a B.A. or B.S. Degree
  2. Applicant applies to the Director of the Public History & Preservation Program, CU-Denver History Department
  3. Applicants must provide a transcript, statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation

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