To assess your progress in completing the program, the Department of History will
compile an assessment file. One important part of that file will be your portfolio.
Creating a portfolio will help you to evaluate your own progress and to demonstrate
your accomplishments to others.
- You will be required to complete US History I, US History II and twelve additional
credit hours in history as specified in the curriculum.
- Instruction and practice in research methods will be incorporated into several courses,
including HP100 (Introduction to Historic Preservation), HP200 (techniques of Local
History), HP405 (Archives and Special Collections Management), HP410 (Museum Studies),
HP420 (Historic Site Administration) project from these classes will be part of your
- In order to develop specific research skills relating to historic preservation, you
will be required to complete HP200 (Techniques of Local History). In this course,
you will complete research projects that will be included in your portfolio.
- You will learn about buildings in HP585 (American Architecture). In order to become
familiar with historic properties and objects, you will participate in field exercises,
such as historical/architectural surveys. Field work will be an essential component
of HP450 (Problems in Historic Projects), and HP588 (Legal and Economic Principles
of Historic Preservation). Reports on field work will become part of your portfolio.
- You will demonstrate communication skills by writing reports, giving oral presentations,
participating in group projects that require writing and speaking skills, and finally,
submitting examples of written work in a portfolio.
- You will demonstrate graphics skills by successfully completing AR207 (Practical Drawing)
or VC100 (Introduction to Drafting) and/or VC126 (Computer-Assisted Drafting) and
by submitting examples of drafting in a portfolio.
- You will be required to complete HP588 (Legal and Economic Principles of Historic
Preservation) in order to understand the implications of historic preservation in
- You will demonstrate competence in an area of preservation by completing one 400-level
“studies” course and one 400-level “problems” course in one of these areas. You will
further develop your skills by successfully completing an internship. You will discuss
your internship in a public presentation.
- You will be asked to demonstrate computer competence. You can do this by completing
AD101 (Introduction to Microcompuer Applications) or by presenting convincing evidence
of computer skills to an appropriate faculty member and by including work completed
with the aid of computers in a portfolio.
- Members of the faculty will evaluate a portfolio, which will include:
- a resume.
- copies of all project reports completed during field exercises.
- a summary of contributions to preservation projects
- other evidence of competence in preservation
- You will discus your portfolio in an exit interview.