Cultural Resource Management Archaeology

Graduate programs

Certificate in Cultural Resource Management Archaeology

F. Scott Worman, Graduate Director
Strong Hall, Room 480; Phone 417-836-5985

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Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Cultural Resource Management Archaeology provides training in the practical skills needed by professional archaeologists working in private- and public-sector settings. The certificate program includes focused training in the practices of and relevant laws governing Cultural Resource Management (CRM) archaeology, it emphasizes developing both general professionalism and the specific analytical skills required of CRM archaeologists, and it includes a supervised internship that will provide hands-on experience and networking opportunities. The program embodies the public affairs mission of the university by preparing ethically-informed, culturally competent professionals to engage with various communities around issues such as heritage, historic preservation, resource stewardship, and cultural representation. Completion of the certificate will give students a significant advantage when seeking entry level positions, and it will provide the skills needed for those students and for working professionals returning to school to transition into intermediate level supervisory positions. The primary sources of employment for students completing the certificate will be in CRM consulting firms, in large environmental consulting firms, and in local, state, federal, and tribal governments.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is required, and it is selective. The minimum standards for admission are:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University.
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale; OR at least a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of academic course work; OR a combined score of 290 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections and 2.5 or higher on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

This program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate major in anthropology or a related field, and applicants must have completed an archaeological field school. Prior completion of coursework in archaeology, cultural anthropology, anthropological theory, and North American archaeology is highly recommended. Promising applicants may be admitted provisionally with an approved plan to rectify deficiencies through extra course work.

A final decision on admission will be made by the anthropology graduate admissions committee, which will take the following into consideration:

  1. Two letters of recommendation concerning academic and professional promise.
  2. A resume of not more than two pages, highlighting relevant experience.
  3. A statement of purpose of 300-500 words addressing qualifications and reasons for pursuing this certificate.
  4. At least one sample of writing (e.g., a term paper or archaeological site report).
  5. A transcript of all courses taken and degree(s) completed.

Admission will also depend on the number of students the program can support at a given time and the suitability of the applicant and his or her interests for the objectives of the program.

Program requirements (minimum of 18 hours)

1. Core Requirements (12 hours)

  • ANT 645 Cultural Resource Management (3 hours)
  • ANT 650 Advanced Methods in Archaeology (3 hours)
  • ANT 701 Graduate Colloquium in Applied Anthropology (3 hours)
  • ANT 790 Internship in Applied Anthropology (3 hours)

2. Electives (6 hours)

Two additional courses at the 600 level or higher, as approved by advisor. (ANT 650 may be repeated for 3 hours (total of 6 hours) if topic varies). Up to three (3) hours of relevant graduate level electives in another department may be substituted for an elective offered by the department with advisor approval.

3. Internship (ANT 790)

Every student will complete an internship of at least 200 hours with an approved organization. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange this internship, in consultation with her/ his advisor. Completion of the internship requires submission of a detailed report or portfolio and an oral presentation to the faculty advisor.