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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 Minor in Historic PreservationCertificate 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


The minor in Historic Preservation will be helpful for students pursuing a career in history, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, engineering, interior design, urban and regional planning, and conservation. Students will develop a solid base knowledge of the tools and practices necessary for the conservation or sensitive adaptation of historic buildings and landscapes.



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 and community as their lab, students learn firsthand practical skills and real life applications. Find out more here.


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. 


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


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