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Degree Requirements

The degree program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit including the thesis credits.

The program includes five core courses: ANTH 610, ANTH 612, ANTH 616 ANTH 618, and ANTH 714 in addition to 15 semester hours of electives, an optional internship, and required thesis.

At least nine credits of electives must be from courses with Anthropology prefixes; the remaining credits may be from related departments.

Students may arrange an internship as part of their degree for up to three credits.

All students will be required to complete a thesis, which may be in the form of a cultural resource management report or policy study of a cultural resource issue. The internship may be used as preparation for the thesis.

Six credits of the electives may be taken from the Geography Department’s Geographic Information System (GIS) courses.

Students may elect to take an additional four courses which are not part of the Applied Archaeology degree in order to receive a certificate in Geographic Information Science and Geospatial Techniques from the Geography Department.

The Applied Archaeology program advisor will work with students to arrange their schedules to meet the requirements of the GIS certificate program expeditiously; however, we can not guarantee that both programs can be completed within two academic years.

Master of Arts in Applied Archaeology

I. Core Program, 15 Credits

  • ANTH 610 Archaeological Laws and Ethics (3 credits)
  • ANTH 612 Seminar in Cultural Resource Management I: Method and Theory (3 credits)
  • ANTH 616 Pre-Columbian North American Archaeology (3 credits)
  • ANTH 618 Historical Archaeology (3 credits)
  • ANTH 714 Seminar in Cultural Resource Management II: Analysis and Interpretation (3 credits)

II. Electives, 15 Credits

(At least nine credits must have ANTH prefix; at least one of the ANTH courses should be a non-archaeology elective.)

  • ACCT 502 Foundations of Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACCT 607 Management Accounting (3 credits)
  • ANTH 514 Native Americans (3 credits)
  • ANTH 556 Ethnographic Research Methods (3 credits)
  • ANTH 560 Ethnographic Field School (6 credits)
  • ANTH 581 Special Topics (3 credits)
  • ANTH 584 Specialized Methods in Archaeology (3 credits)
  • ANTH 625 Public Archaeology (3 credits)
  • ANTH 694 Anthropology Seminar (3 credits)
  • ANTH 699 Independent Study (3 credits)
  • ANTH 720 Issues in Historic Preservation (3 credits)
  • ANTH 730 Archaeology of Pennsylvania (3 credits)
  • ANTH 740 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (3-6 credits)
  • ANTH 745 Seminar in Archaeological Interpretation (3 credits)
  • GEOG 516 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
  • GEOG 517 Technical Issues in GIS (3 credits)
  • GEOG 625 Environmental Planning (3 credits)
  • HIST 605 Introduction to Public History (3 credits)
  • HIST 606 Topics in Public History (3 credits)
  • HIST 614 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Other elective courses may be approved by the faculty on an individual basis.

III. Internship and Thesis, Six Credits

  • ANTH 698 Internship (3 credits)
    Students may elect to take a faculty-supervised internship either on or off campus with organizations utilizing archaeological skills in non-academic settings. Off-campus internships may include cultural resource management companies, government agencies, private nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and museums. Students who do not elect to take an internship will be required to take six thesis credits.
  • ANTH 795 Thesis (var 3-6 credits)
    All students will be required to write a thesis, either in the form of a cultural resource management project report or a policy paper on a cultural resource issue.
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