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.

  1. You will be required to complete US History I, US History II and twelve additional credit hours in history as specified in the curriculum.
  2. 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 portfolio.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. You will be required to complete HP588 (Legal and Economic Principles of Historic Preservation) in order to understand the implications of historic preservation in public policy.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Members of the faculty will evaluate a portfolio, which will include:
    1. a resume.
    2. copies of all project reports completed during field exercises.
    3. a summary of contributions to preservation projects
    4. other evidence of competence in preservation
  11. You will discus your portfolio in an exit interview.


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