Students interested in a Certificate in Heritage Conservation are required to complete 18 units including an internship. The program can typically be completed in one calendar year.



ARC/LAR/PLG 571f | Introduction to Heritage Conservation  (3 units) Overview of the interdisciplinary paradigms, principles, and programs in the field of heritage conservation ranging from local to international contexts. It addresses the conservation of cultural resources generally and the built environment specifically by introducing students to the terms, concepts, and philosophical foundations of heritage conservation, as well as the legal, regulatory, economic development tools, and treatment standards for historic properties.

ANTH 540a | Cultural Resources Management (3 units) Reviews various topics related to cultural resource management (CRM), including the development of CRM archaeology, relevant laws and regulations, real world economics, ethical issues, management labor relations, fieldwork and archival research methods, roles of research designs and sampling strategies, modes of data dissemination and preservation, public education strategies, international approaches, interests of various groups and career paths.


ARC/LAR/PLG 597j | Documentation and Interpretation of the Historic Built Environment (3 units) Examination of the methods to document buildings, districts and cultural landscapes combined with the methods to interpret their historical and architectural significance according to professional standards. Course will focus on the historic built environments of the Greater Southwest and will include a semester-long service-learning project that applies the documentation and interpretation methodologies introduced in this course.

PLG 564 | Preservation Planning Issues (3 units) Reviews preservation policy and jurisdictional issues within a community development context, addresses complex social equity considerations associated with historic designation, examines economic incentives, and explores preservation philosophy, cross-cultural values and emerging trends. Provides skills to connect technical and policy requirements of historic preservation with pragmatic social and economic concerns of community development.

LAR 486/586 | Materials Conservation (2 units) The course will cover common traditional materials for built heritage, with specific emphasis on the building materials of the U.S. Southwest.  Through field trips and lectures, students will examine and characterize building materials, understand how they weather and fail, and discuss potential remedies and preventative interventions.  

ANTH 696a | Chemical Characterization for Heritage Materials (1 unit) This course covers the preparation, testing, and interpretation of results for a representative range of cultural materials, both organic and inorganic. The course work includes the use of a variety of micro-sampling techniques with chemical spot testing methods and analytical instrumentation for the identification of a range of artifact materials; analysis of contextual materials; and interpretation of results, chemical processes, and the effects of interference materials.


ARC 593 | Internship (3 units) Application of knowledge involving a significant period of practical experience at a venue based on student specialization. The internship requirement is a vital component of the Heritage Conservation curriculum. It provides the student with the opportunity to observe and participate in the implementation of preservation policies, design principles, and regulatory mechanisms in a real-world context. Internships are developed in conjunction with the Coordinator to integrate the student area of specialization with existing venues. Internship sponsors may include private sector design, archeological and historical firms, university, governmental, and tribal agencies as well as non­profit organizations. Internship sponsors must apply for authorization and are requested, but not required, to provide financial compensation to the student. Option to waive based on experience at the discretion of the Heritage Conservation Coordinator.

Our Heritage Conservation students have completed internships with the following organizations:

For additional information on admissions, please contact Program Coordinator Spencer Warmuth, at, or at 520-621-5443.