The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors approved IUP's proposed master's degree in applied archaeology at its April 9 meeting.

IUP will begin offering the Master of Arts in Applied Archaeology starting in Fall 2009.

The program is one of only four of its kind in the nation and unique in Pennsylvania.

“IUP has one of the larger undergraduate Anthropology Departments in Pennsylvania and the largest in the State System of Higher Education. The IUP Department of Anthropology also has an applied focus with an emphasis on both cultural anthropology and archaeology,” said Yaw Asamoah, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “This new graduate program will expand on that very successful base.”

Approximately fifteen students are expected to enter the program each fall and will study together in a partial cohort model.

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