Adams State introduces new M.A. emphasis in Cultural Resource Management

(04-10-2014)

A new emphasis in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) was approved for the M.A. in Humanities by the Board of Trustees for Adams State University at its regular meeting, April 3.

The 30-credit program will be offered in an online, cohort format, with the first cohort to begin this coming fall semester. The emphasis will serve those working in anthropology, archaeology, and cultural resource management, such as in museums, parks, and research. Adams State initiated an M.A. in Humanities with an emphasis in history in 2007.

Dr. Richard Goddard,professor of history & archaeology, explained: "Today, most archaeological research and most archaeological jobs are in the field of CRM. Individuals with a B.A. in archaeology can begin work as field technicians, but it requires a minimum of an M.A. degree to become project managers and to obtain the antiquities permits necessary to conduct this work."

Thus, Adams State's new program provides advanced education for those already working in the field, without the necessity of leaving a job and relocating.

The Cultural Resource management emphasis entails an 18-credit-hour core, plus 12 credits (four courses) from among a selection of 15 classes in history, archaeology, and geography. The six core courses cover technology, theory, applied GIS, and include an internship.

Adams State also offers an undergraduate emphasis in anthropology; students gain experience through a field school and in a new archaeology laboratory.

By Julie Waechter