MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS) DEGREE IN ARCHAEOLOGY AND CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Program Director: Steven Simms, Professor
Cultural resource management (CRM) archaeology
provides industry and government agencies with an evaluation of heritage resources
that by law have to be "taken into account” prior to the alteration of our
public landscapes. CRM is now an institutionalized element of the environmental
management industry in the United States and many other countries.
Archaeologists identify and record all prehistoric and historic cultural
resources from ancient villages and camps, to pioneer cabins, 19th century gold
mines, and human skeletons. Archaeologists help industry and agencies find ways
to protect what is of value by avoidance and occasionally by mitigation, and
they facilitate land management. Federal and State laws and regulations govern
the practice of archaeology by issuing permits, and a national Register of
Professional Archaeologists certifies professional standards. The minimum
degree requirement for the permits and the professional registry is a Master’s
archaeologists working in CRM realize the need for graduate training to be more
than applied archaeology. In order to produce career-path archaeologists, graduate
training needs to include adequate knowledge of the scientific research
contexts of archaeology, and experience in the conduct of research to prepare
students for careers, and not just as technicians in a transient labor force.
The Master of Science Degree in Cultural Resource
Management Archaeology is an applied program designed to meet industry needs
·Practical field, archival, and analytical skills.
·Sense of problem and ability to develop research design
in scientific archaeology.
·Written communication skills, technical and general.
·Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures
guiding heritage management and CRM business practice.
·Internship choices in private firms, government
agencies, and museums.
·Professional ethics and qualifications enabling
application to the Registry of Professional Archaeologists.
educates and trains graduates who will meet the standards of the Register of
Professional Archaeologists, and will become project directors and principal
investigators. Our Core curriculum targets these goals, and is supported by an
elective curriculum in Method and Area that reflects faculty expertise and
facilitates student thesis research. Students are mentored to become
independent scholars conducting original research.