About the Certificate

The University of Colorado Denver Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) and the History Department, is awarded by the History Department. The Certificate Program is open to any qualified graduate student or non-degree seeking student with a bachelor's degree. The certificate provides CU Denver students and the wider community with foundational knowledge and skills in Historic Preservation, a field that enhances studies and professional work in areas such as architecture, heritage tourism, historic preservation, national park interpretation, public history, urban studies and related fields. The certificate can stand on its own, can complement a graduate program in Architecture, History or Architecture; or it can serve as an introduction to graduate studies in those fields. It can also be a stepping stone to further work in Historic Preservation through either the History Department's Master of Arts in Historic Preservation or the College of Architecture and Planning's Masters of Science in Historic Preservation.

Interested students must register their intent to complete the certificate with the Director of the Public History & Preservation Program within the, CU Denver History Department. Students already enrolled in a graduate program at CU Denver can begin their certificate work at any point during their studies. Non-degree students must apply to the university as a non-degree seeking student. All certificate coursework for students must be approved by the History Department’s graduate advisor, Professor Ryan D. Crewe

Note(s): All courses in the certificate program are expected to be taken in residency at CU Denver.  Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA, and no course below B- will count towards the certificate. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Historic Preservation certificate program will be able to:

  • Design and execute appropriate research studies to examine historical, architectural, and geographical of potential preservation sites.
  • Use descriptive and inferential statistics to analyze structures and their history.
  • Conduct surveys of selected neighborhoods and individual buildings for planning purposes.
  • Effectively communicate the merits of targeted sites to various audiences.


This certificate consists of 18 credits/6 courses in US History. 

HIST 5232: Historic Preservation or HIST 6989:Historic Preservation Seminar *

HIPR 6010: Preservation Theory and Practice 

Any other 6000-level course, or any of the following 5000-level courses: 

HIST 6950, History Thesis Project (3 credits) or HIST 6952 Public History Project related to preservation (3 credits)

HIST 5227, American West (3 credits)

​HIST 5245, Heritage Tourism (3 credits)

HIST 5939 or HIPR 6930, Internship (3 credits)

HIST 5229, Colorado Historical Places (3 credits)

HIST 6989, Historic Preservation Seminar (3 credits)

HIST 5237, National Parks History (3 credits)

HIST 5228, Western Art & Architecture (3 credits)

ARCH 6210, History of American Architecture (3 credits)

ARCH 6212, History of Modern Architecture (3 credits)

HIPR 6110, Regionalism(s) & Vernacular in Context (3 credits)

HIPR 6210, Survey, Significance, and Recognition (3 credits)

These remaining 12 credit hours should be distributed so that at least 3 hours are from each of the two participating colleges, CLAS and CAP, and hence, no more than 9 hours from the other. Be sure to consult with graduate advisor Ryan D. Crewe on your course selection. 

Both the History Department and CAP encourage students to make an internship a part of their program. For history students, that is HIST 5939. Graduate students in the History Department can count courses for both their major or minor fields and the requirements for the certificate towards their Master of Arts in Historic Preservation. 

Admission to the Certificate Requirements: 

  • Applicant must have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science
  • Applicant must provide a transcript, statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation (preferably from academic references)
  • Applicant must apply by sending all of these materials to the Director of the Public History & Preservation Program, CU-Denver History Department