MA - Cultural Resource Management - Degree Requirements

Minimum degree requirements are 30 hours as outlined below. However, at the time of admission, students may be assigned additional coursework to remedy background deficiencies. Coursework falling into this remedial category will not count toward the master’s degree.

Required Core (15 HRS)

CRM 500: Philosophy, Laws, Standards (3 hours)

This is the introductory course for Cultural Resource Management.  It covers the history and philosophy of CRM, the heritage preservation laws that created and govern the field, and current standards and practices of the field.

CRM 510: Technologies and Techniques (3 hours)

This course is a survey course to introduce and give experience to students to the wide variety of technologies and the necessary techniques to implement those technologies in the field and/or office in a CRM setting.  Three major areas of research will be field, analysis, and data dissemination technologies. Specific techniques can be adjusted to each students previous background and technological expertise.

CRM 520: Report Writing (3 hours)

Central to all good archaeology is the writing of reports.  This is especially true in cultural resource management, but these reports have unique requirements. They must meet professional standards, the standards of the agencies responsible for the resources, and they must be written in a way that is understandable to the project sponsors. This course will prepare students to produce well-written reports and correspondence for this profession.

CRM 571: Archaeological Theory (3 hours)

This is an on-line course which will cover the central theories that have driven the field of archaeology.

CRM 580: Internship in CRM

This is a practicum in cultural resource management during which the student will work on one or more actual CRM projects at least at the level of assistant project director.  The work will be carried out in conjunction with a recognized CRM firm or a land managing agency.

Context and Content

  • 15 credit hours from the following menu selected in consultation with department chair.
  • For CRM students whose primary interest is in prehistoric archaeology, the content of HIST 501 and HIST 505 will be adjusted to focus primarily on prehistoric issues.

CRM 560: Applied GIS for CRM Professionals (3 hours)

This course will introduce students to real world applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as it is used in the Cultural Resource Management (CRM) field. Students will learn from applied examples about the critical thinking needed in cartography, digital data management, spatial data collection, resource management, statistical analysis, and visual learning

CRM 599: Individual Archaeological Experience (3 hours)

This course permits the student to receive credit for independent archaeological research. The work will be presented in the form of a research report that meets professional standards.

Other Courses

  • HIST 501: State History (3 hours)
  • HIST 505: American West (3 hours)
  • HIST 516: Amer Rev and Federal Era (3 hours)
  • HIST 520: Topics in World History (3 hours)
  • HIST 526: U.S. in the Era of World Wars (3 hours)
  • HIST 530: Topics in Historical Geography (3 hours)
  • HIST 531: Early Modern Europe (3 hours)
  • HIST 560: Cultural Geography (3 hours)
  • HIST 563: Civil War and Reconstruction (3 hours)
  • HIST 566: Western Political Theory (3 hours)
  • HIST 567: Topics in Political Theory (3 hours)
  • HIST 568: U.S.-Latin American Relations (3 hours)
  • HIST 570: Readings in US History (3 hours)
  • HIST 579: Special Topics (1 TO 6 hours)
Students may transfer a maximum of six hours of graduate courses from an accredited institution. All transfer hours must be approved by the department chair.

Thesis or Internship Project Report

Student must write an acceptable thesis or internship project report, which must be developed according to the prescribed standards below:

  • Form a master's committee consisting of at least two professionals. One must be a full-time member of the Adams State HAPPS faculty. A committee member outside the department of HAPPS must be approved by the department chair.  A committee member may be the students CRM employer.
  • Register for CRM 580  (must have completed at least 24 hours of M.A. coursework)
  • Obtain approval for the project or thesis from their advisor.
  • Obtain approval for the project or thesis from the department chair.
  • File in the library an original AND one copy of the thesis or project report in a form prescribed by the Graduate Council. One copy is filed with department chair. Committee members also generally receive a copy. The library copy should be unbound and delivered to the Graduate School.
  • All students will be required to defend their thesis or project at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO.

All candidates for a master’s degree in humanities must meet graduation requirements as set forth in the: