The Certificate in Historic Preservation was approved by the College of Architecture Executive Committee in November 1995 for the purpose of providing students in any graduate degree program at Texas A&M University the opportunity to develop a body of knowledge in historic preservation to support their career goals.

The certificate is based on the premise that historic preservation is a cross-disciplinary field in which practitioners must have mutual respect for others while building appropriate awareness, understanding, and abilities within a chosen area of expertise. 

The certificate is awarded after completion of the program and must be signed by the head of the student's academic department and the dean of the college. The certificate contains the seal of the university and appropriate text. It will normally be presented at college ceremonies prior to the official university graduation exercises.

Program Requirements

The student must complete a MINIMUM of fifteen (15) credit hours of coursework with historic preservation content. The courses MUST be applicable toward a graduate degree at Texas A&M University, but need not necessarily be included on the student's degree plan. 


ARCH 646 Historic Preservation Theory and Practice


ELECTIVE COURSES: Select twelve semester credit hours of the following: 


ARCH 647 Recording Historic Buildings

ARCH 648 Building Preservation Technology

ARCH 649 Advanced History of Building Technology 

Construction Science:

COSC 663: Sustainable Construction  

Land Development:

LDEV 671 Sustainable Development 

Urban Planning:

PLAN 625 Geographical Information Systems in Landscape and Urban Planning

PLAN 640 Law and Legislation Related to Planning 


ANTH 605 Conservation of Archaeological Resources I

ANTH 606 Conservation of Archaeological Resources II

ANTH 608 Skills in Maritime Archaeology

ANTH 645 Cultural Resources Management 


GEOG 605 Processes in Cultural Geography 

Recreation, Parks and Tourism:

RPTS 307 Methods of Environmental Interpretation

RPTS 626: Social Impacts of Tourism 

RPTS 646 Heritage Tourism


NOTE: Other courses may also count toward the Certificate, with prior approval of the Certificate Curriculum Committee and/or Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation. For example, where a course has a generic or variable topic (e.g. a design studio in architecture, a seminar in art and architectural history, a capstone studio course in planning, or a directed studies course), the historic preservation content and the student’s specific role in working with that content must be stated in a supporting letter signed by the instructor and approved by the Certificate Curriculum Committee and/or Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation. 

Such courses include:

ARCH 608 Architectural Design IV

ARCH 644 Seminar in Art and Architectural History

ARCH 689 Directed Studies

ARCH 691 Research

COSC 689 Special Topics in...

LAND 691 Research

LAND 693 Professional Study

PLAN 691 Research

PLAN 693 Professional Study

ANTH 691 Research

GEOG 691 Research

RPTS 691 Research

RPTS 693 Professional Study 



1) At least three (3) credit hours of coursework with historic preservation content MUST be from outside the student's major field. 

2) The student must complete a Professional Study, Professional Paper, Thesis, or Dissertation with a significant historic preservation content. 

3) The student must participate in a colloquium to communicate the historic preservation content of the completed Professional Study, Professional Paper, Thesis, or Dissertation to be evaluated by the Director and Certificate Committee of the Center for Historic Preservation.

online application for a certificate in historic preservation