Cultural Landscape Management

With 15 credits of required and elective courses, you can add a Certificate in Cultural Landscape Management to your Master’s Degree. PDF icon CLM certificate brochure.pdf

Elizabeth Brabec Certificate Coordinator

Certificate Advisors
Elizabeth Brabec
Ethan Carr 
Flavia Montenegro-Menezes

What Are Cultural Landscapes?

Cultural landscapes may be urban or rural, and they include parks, gardens, historic sites, agricultural landscapes, and ethnographic landscapes. Often cultural landscapes are “protected” landscapes, recognized as World Heritage Sites, National Parks, National Heritage Areas, or bounded and designated in some other way. Other cultural landscapes may not be officially designated but encompass landscapes reflective of a particular culture or interactions of several cultures and the patterns they have developed socially and on the land. Cultural landscapes are places with significance and meaning for those who create them, live in them, or experience them as visitors.

What Is Cultural Landscape Management?

Cultural landscapes are now recognized nationally and internationally as a significant category of cultural resources, demanding specific theory, training, and practice for successful conservation and management. Cultural landscape management draws on a body of knowledge and skills developed in the fields of landscape architecture, planning, heritage conservation, historic preservation, public history, and anthropology over the last thirty years. Because of the importance of cultural landscapes to communities and their “sense of place,” many different government agencies, as well land trusts and other non-profit organizations, have incorporated the identification, documentation, and management of cultural landscapes into their responsibilities and activities.

Cultural landscape management requires written and graphic research, documentation, and analysis of landscapes. Sources of data include historic documents, maps, and plans, but also interviews and other consultation with the people who live in, and have shaped, landscapes. Cultural landscape management also involves the production of proposed plans, landscape designs, and interpretive schemes for places in order to serve the needs of residents, managers, and visitors. The Cultural Landscape Management Certificate curriculum reflects current theory and methods as practiced by consultants and by professionals within government agencies and non-profit organizations.


The Cultural Landscape Management Certificate will be awarded following the completion of fifteen credits of required and elective courses with electives chosen from a predetermined list.
Required Courses, at least two of the following three (six to nine credits)

  • RP/LA 661 Cultural Landscapes: Documentation, Values and Policy, 3 credits, Brabec (Spring)
  • RP/LA 662 Cultural Heritage Policy and International Sustainability Practice, 3 credits, Montenegro-Menezes (Spring)
  • RP/LA 663 Heritage Landscape Management, 3 credits, Carr (Fall)

Elective Courses, group one (three to nine credits)
One or more courses from this list of courses within LARP. This list of approved electives will change subject to approval by the program coordinator depending on course offerings:

  • LA 603 – Heritage Landscape Studio (Fall)
  • LA/RP 630 – Public Participation (Fall)
  • LA/RP 691S – Cultural Landscape Field Study in the Czech Republic (Summer)
  • LA/RP 591B – Landscape Studies in Belize (Spring)

NB: Internships or applied experiences with a specific emphasis on cultural landscape management may be approved by the certificate program coordinator as a three-credit elective.

Elective Courses, group two (up to six credits)
One or two courses from this list of electives that have been or are currently taught in these departments. This list of approved electives will change subject to approval by the program coordinator and depending on department offerings. Please check Spire for latest status on any course:


  • Anthro 697 Historical Archaeology
  • Anthro 560 Introduction to International Heritage Studies (Fall)

Architecture & Design

  • Arch & Des 597D History and Theory of Preservation (Fall)
  • Arch & Des 597C Building Conservation I (Fall)


  • Hist 659: Public History (Fall)
  • Hist 662: Museum and Historic Site Interpretation
  • Hist 691N: Conservation of Nature & Culture
  • Hist 697U/797U: Landscape and Memory

Availability and Admission

The Cultural Landscape Management Certificate is available to University of Massachusetts graduate students enrolled in a degree program in any department. The certificate is also available to non-degree students through enrollment in the University of Massachusetts Continuing and Professional Education (for application and enrollment policies, see

All applicants for the certificate should submit a brief resume and a one-page letter of interest to the certificate program coordinator, Ethan Carr, for admission to the program. The letter of interest should state the candidate’s reasons for interest in the certificate program, including suggestions for specific areas of concentration and interest. Applicants should contact one of the listed program advisors below to discuss their application.