First Year

Fall Semester

  • HP 200: History of American Architecture
  • HP 205: Historic Preservation Law
  • HP 206: Researching Historic Structures and Sites
  • Optional graduate elective 

Spring Semester

  • HP 201: History on the Land
  • HP 305: Historic Preservation Practice Methods
  • HP 306: Architectural Conservation I
  • HP 304: Contemporary Preservation Planning and Policy

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • HP 302: Community Preservation Project
  • HP 307: Architectural Conservation II
  • HP 303: Internship (with summer placement)
  • Optional graduate elective
  • Comprehensive Examination (required)

Spring Semester (Optional)

  • HP 303: Internship
  • HP 391: Thesis (in lieu of internship by permission)
  • Optinal electives

Full course descriptions

Undergraduate and Continuing Education Courses

The following historic preservation courses are generally open to UVM undergraduate students, as well as to non-matriculated students through UVM Continuing Education. Most require instructor permission or course registration overrides. Junior, Senior or Grad status is a prerequisite for HP 200 and HP 201. Non-matriculated students may enroll in these historic preservation courses through the UVM Division for Continuing Education. For more information on continuing education courses, contact the UVM Historic Preservation Program by email at

  •  HP 200: History of American Architecture. Study of architectural history to gain fluency in the stylistic terms so essential to historic preservation and to public support for conserving our architectural heritage. Junior, Senior or Grad status is a prerequisite. 3 credits.
  •  HP 201: History on the Land. Identifying and interpreting evidence of the cultural forces -- early settlement patterns, transportation, industry, agriculture, planning, conservation -- that have shaped our land, buildings, towns and cities. Junior, Senior or Grad status is a prerequisite. 3 credits.
  •  HP 205: Historic Preservation Law. Legal issues in the conservation of the built environment. Basic legal techniques for protection of historic structures (historic districts, protective legislation, easements, covenants). Study of significant court decisions. 3 credits
  • HP 206: Researching Historic Structures and Sites. Methods for researching historic structures and sites using archival and physical evidence, deciphering archaic building technologies and documenting structures through professional reports, architectural photography, measured drawings. 3 credits.
  •  HP 306: Architectural Conservation I. An examination of the physical properties of historic building materials, their deterioration mechanisms, and strategies for assessing conditions, conserving and rehabilitating historic resources. Lecture and lab. Prerequisite: HP 206. 3 credits