Master of Science in Historic Preservation College of Design

Curriculum

Heritage Studies and Public History students will acquire both general and specialized sets of perspectives and skills. Some required courses will instill breadth and cohort connections; others will build expertise in specific arenas of the heritage field. Students engage in experiential learning through embedded internships, and the design and execution of a capstone, community-engaged project.

 

Degree structure, requirements, and timing:

  • 37 total credits required, to be taken during two years of continuous enrollment (4 semesters)

  • Paid summer professional fellowship

  • Three program-wide required courses

  • Track-specific courses, as recommended by advisors

  • Additional elective courses

  • 1 cr professional development speaker series each semester

  • 6 cr in-semester internships (one with MNHS, one with a partnering institution)

  • 3 cr capstone project work


Courses and student experiences will take place across the Twin Cities region, including the University of Minnesota campus and Minnesota Historical Society sites.

 

All students will be part of the same cohort, take classes together, and will collaborate with one another but will specialize in one of three tracks: (1) Archaeological Heritage, (2) Public History, and (3) Historic Preservation.

 

Required Courses for All Tracks

HSPH 8001: Who Owns the Past? (3cr)

Course offers a survey through case studies of the common concerns, concepts and ethics of heritage and public history. Students will learn about the history and social contexts of heritage studies and public history, the stakes and stakeholders, and the conflicts and positive interventions that can be made through the work of these affiliated professions.

 

HSPH 8002: Core Practices in Heritage Studies and Public History (3cr)

Through illustrated lectures, case studies, field trips, readings and class discussion, students will learn about the professional practice of heritage studies and public history, how approaches to practice are aligned to institutional mission, customization of programs for diverse audiences, and professional evaluation and management of financial resources.

 

HSPH 8003: Race and Indigeneity in Heritage Representation (3cr)

This seminar will explore the changes in how diversity has been represented in historical interpretations in the past, and how practice is changing in response to the contemporary and anticipated social context of the United States.

 

HSPH 8004: Capstone in Heritage Studies and Public History (3cr)

This course will operate as a workshop, drawing together a cohort of students, working individually or as part of a team, to craft independent heritage studies and public history research projects under the supervision of a faculty instructor. Consistent with the values of the program, projects shall have multidisciplinary perspectives, broadly consider aspects of diversity, and will be accountable to some stakeholder(s) identified by the students.

 

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)
This course will operate as a series of lectures and discussions in which leaders of historical organizations explain how they are navigating major changes and challenges associated with their professional practice. Students will learn from, and have the opportunity to meet, leaders of historical organizations located throughout Minnesota and the United States.

 

HSPH 8101: Internship (3cr)

Internships are an opportunity to apply your skills and deepen your understanding of careers in historical sites and museums, community heritage organizations, or preservation/oversight agencies. Internship placements will be determined through conversations with advisors regarding student areas of interest and career goals, and available professional opportunities within the Minnesota Historical Society or a partnering organization.

 

 

PROGRAM TRACKS

All Heritage Studies and Public History students will specialize in one of the following three tracks, which have specific requirements as indicated in the programs plans below.

 

Archaeological Heritage Track

 

Year One

 

Falls Semester (10cr)

HSPH 8001: Who Owns the Past? (3cr)

HSPH 8002: Core Practices in Heritage Studies and Public History (3cr)

Elective (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Spring Semester (10cr)

HSPH 8003: Race and Indigeneity in Heritage Representation (3cr)

ANTH 5448: Applied Heritage Management (3cr)

HSPH 8101: Internship (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Summer: Paid summer professional fellowship

 

Year Two

 

Fall Semester (10cr)

Elective (3cr)

Elective (3cr)

Elective (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Spring Semester (7cr)

HSPH 8004: Capstone in Heritage Studies and Public History (3cr)

HSPH 8101: Internship (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Archaeology electives include:

ANTH 5028: Historical Archaeology

ANTH 5601: Archaeology and Native Americans

ANTH 8004: Foundations of Anthropological Archaeology
ANTH 5402: Zooarchaeology Laboratory
ANTH 8244: Interpreting Ancient Bone
ANTH 5269: Analysis of Stone Tool Technology
ANTH 5444: Archaeological Ceramics
ANTH 5405: Human Skeletal Analysis
ANTH 4101/8xxx: Archival Analysis for Anthropologists

 

Public History Track

 

Year One

 

Fall Semester (10cr)

HSPH 8001: Who Owns the Past? (3cr)

HSPH 8002: Core Practices in Heritage Studies and Public History (3cr)

HIST 8122: Public Histories (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Spring Semester (10cr)

HSPH 8003: Race and Indigeneity in Heritage Representation (3cr)

HIST 5797: Methods of Population History (cr)

HSPH 8101: Internship (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Summer: Paid summer professional fellowship

 

Year Two

 

Fall Semester (10cr)

MST 5011: Museum History and Philosophy(3cr)

HIST 5910: Problems in American Indian History (3cr)

HSPH 8101: Internship (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Spring Semester (7cr)

HSPH 8004: Capstone in Heritage Studies and Public History (3cr)

HIST 5910/8910: Interdisciplinary Public History (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Public History electives include:

HIST 5381: Minnesota History Workshop
HIST 5797: Methods of Population History
HIST 5890: Problems in American Indian History
HIST 5910: Topics in U.S. History
HIST 5920: Topics in African History
HIST 5980: Topics in Comparative Women's History
HIST 8025: Politics of Historical Memory
HIST 8240: Topics in Research in Gender, Race, Class, or Ethnicity in the United States
HIST 8390: Research in American Indian History
AMST 820: Historical Foundations of American Studies
AMST 8202: Theoretical Foundations and Current Practice in American Studies

 

 

Historic Preservation Track

 

Year One

 

Fall Semester (10cr)

HSPH 8001: Who Owns the Past? (3cr)

HSPH 8002: Core Practices in Heritage Studies and Public History (3cr)

ARCH 5671: Introduction to Historic Preservation (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Spring Semester (10cr)

HSPH 8003: Race and Indigeneity in Heritage Representation (3cr)

ARCH 5673: Historic Property Research and Documentation (3cr)

HSPH 8101: Internship (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Summer: Paid summer professional fellowship

 

Year Two

 

Fall Semester (10cr)

ARCH 54XX: Architectural History elective (3cr)

Elective (3cr)

HSPH 8101: Internship (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Spring Semester (7cr)

HSPH 8004: Capstone in Heritage Studies and Public History (3cr)

Elective (3cr)

HSPH 8005: Leadership and Future or Historical Organizations (1cr)

 

Historic Preservation electives include:
ARCH 5672: Historic Building Conservation
ARCH 5674: World Heritage Conservation
ARCH 5678: Preservation and Sustainability
ARCH 5677: Preservation of the Vernacular Built Environment and Cultural Landscape
ARCH 5410: Topics in Architectural History
ARCH 5435: History of American Architecture
ARCH 5452: Baroque Architecture
ARCH 5412: Architecture: A Global and Cultural History
ARCH 5423: Gothic Architecture
ARCH 5424: Renaissance Architecture
ARCH 5432: Modern Architecture

 

 

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