Prerequisite: HS101 and one HS300-level course. Historic preservation involves the ecology of our "built environment." It asks what sorts of buildings and neighborhoods contribute to our sense of community and well-being, and how these buildings and neighborhoods might be preserved for this and future generations. Preservationists have assembled an array of economic and legal tools to encourage the profitable restoration or adaptive reuse of America's most valuable buildings and neighborhoods. Contains three main elements: a study of American architectural history and styles, with field experience in "learning to look" at the built environment; consideration of recent trends in the preservation movement in the United States and in Maryland, including a trip to the annual conference of the Maryland Historic Trust; and a field exercise in architectural and community history in Baltimore.