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College of Environment and Design

Undergraduate Opportunities 


Why do cities look the way they do?
What can architecture tell us about a culture and its history?
How can you spot clues to tell how old a building is?

These are all questions that historic preservation seeks to answer. Regardless of your undergraduate degree program or future plans, knowing the principles of historic preservation can be a fascinating and important asset in a variety of fields. In addition to the Certificate of Historic Preservation program, Introduction to Historic Preservation class, and First-Year Odyssey seminars, undergraduate students are welcome to join the Student Historic Preservation Organization and enroll in an assortment of historic preservation classes

Certificate in Historic Preservation 

The Certificate in Historic Preservation provides students with a working knowledge of the theory and practice of historic preservation. The program also provides a solid knowledge base for students who wish to pursue their education further through graduate studies, as well as opportunities to focus their studies on aspects of the field that are of particular interest to them.

The program provides a broad introduction to the theory and techniques of historic preservation. Students who successfully complete the requirements for the certificate are expected to have:

  • An awareness of the contribution that historic resources make to the quality of life and human environments. 
  • An understanding of the needs, problems, and opportunities associated with historic preservation.
  • An appreciation of the role that individual citizens can play in the protection and perpetuation of historic resources.
  • Knowledge of key concepts that are essential for serving as volunteer members of citizen preservation organizations and/or government commissions, and for providing informed leadership to these and other community preservation efforts.
  • An appreciation of how historic preservation relates to their major academic program of study.

The program is open to all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students at the University of Georgia. The undergraduate Certificate in Historic Preservation requires a minimum of 18 semester credit hours, including a 3-hour required course and at least 15 hours of approved elective courses. All applicants must submit a formal application to the program, which may be obtained here. The application also has a list of all accepted elective courses.

 

Introduction to Historic Preservation

The HIPR4000/6000-Introduction to Historic Preservation class introduces students to historic preservation theory, its evolution and practice, and its relationship to the concept of environmental quality. With the campus as their lab, students learn firsthand from Scott Messer, a graduate of the MHP program and the University's Director of Historic Preservation. 

 

First-Year Odyssey

First-Year Odyssey seminars are designed to introduce new students to academic life and explore interests that may or may not be related to their intended degrees. These seminars provide engagement with faculty and fellow first-year students in a small class environment to learn about the unique academic culture the University offers. Faculty will share their passion for research, teaching and service to inspire the academic journey at UGA.

Is There a Future for the Past? An Introduction to Community Heritage Preservation (CRN: 50045)
Using Athens as a laboratory, we explore how communities go about preserving their natural and cultural heritage for future generations. The class will go on a number of site visits in the community that will include museums, brownfield reclamation projects, preservation and rehabilitation projects, government agencies, and new infill development. We will explore how a community decides what aspects of its heritage should be conserved and the tools and techniques used to accomplish their goals.

The Experience of Place (CRN: 50090)
The Experience of Place is a seminar that focuses on our conscious reactions to the places we visit and the common design patterns that enhance the experiential quality of the natural and built environment. Have you ever experienced a “wow” moment by simply viewing a beautiful landscape or stepping inside a well designed building? Or have you ever experienced a place so uninspiring that you could not wait to leave it? This seminar discusses this phenomenon from the point of view that our immediate surroundings have an instantaneous and continuing effect on how we act and live out our daily lives. Our relationship with the places we call home, work, or travel to are a continuum of everything we see, hear, and feel. In short, the places where we spend our time affect the people we are and can become. This seminar explores “The Experience of Place” through short readings, discussions of design, campus walks, photography, and other creative means.

 

If you're interested in learning more about historic preservation as an undergraduate, contact program coordinator James Reap 
at jreap@uga.edu or 706-542-4706.