Cultural heritage advocacy seeks to protect heritage and communities, manifested in buildings, landscapes, or even intangibles, such as a sense of place or traditions. Like other sustainability efforts, cultural heritage studies help to conserve resources for society's betterment in the present and the future. Understanding historic cultural heritage principles and historical research are crucial for a thoughtful design strategy when dealing with historic buildings. In the Stackable Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation: Cultural Heritage: History and Research, students will gain foundational skills and knowledge to approach cultural heritage from the historical point of view. Students will learn to formulate historical research and reports while describing the historical build environment using terms and concepts embedded in the field of cultural heritage practice.

The stackable graduate certificate is open to any UT Austin degree-seeking graduate student and requires three classes (nine credit hours).


  • ONLY the ARC graduate sections of the courses listed below may fulfill the Stackable Graduate Certificate requirements.
  • Please do not register for a cross-listing in another discipline or an undergraduate section. It is not possible to count any other section toward this Stackable Graduate Certificate. 

Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator with any course registration questions or for more information. 

ARC 386M 38-National Register of Historic Places
ARC 388R 15-Methodologies in Architectural History
ARC 388R 17-Preservation History & Theory
ARC 388R 18-Preservation Planning & Practice