Cultural Resource Management Online Degree

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Learn to safeguard the material and intangible aspects of diverse cultures while earning your M.A. in Cultural Resource Management (CRM).

The program, recognized by the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA), satisfies students’ desires for directed study leading to a master’s degree in Cultural Resource Management (prehistoric or historical focus). It also prepares them for advancement in that field or for going on to doctoral studies. The CRM program offers courses that focus on the technologies and tools necessary to excel in the discipline, including field, analysis, and data dissemination techniques.

Our program was developed in order to give students the required qualifications for the Register of Professional Archaeologists and Department of Interior’s Standards.

The degree is delivered entirely online, through semester-long courses. All professors of CRM classes in this program have field experience in cultural resource management as archaeologists and/or administrators. They are committed to developing and encouraging students to achieve their academic potential. The degree is delivered through semester based, interactive, Internet courses.

Upon graduation, you’ll have an advanced understanding of archaeological theory and history, and how they relate to CRM. You’ll have the skills and qualifications necessary to pursue a career in CRM or apply for PhD programs in archaeology and anthropology.


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Cultural Resource Management Highlights

The first of its kind, the Adams State University Masters in Cultural Resource Management is a fully online program that was developed specifically for those professionals in the field who would like to advance their careers further. As the program has grown over the past few years, we have branched out to be more inclusive of students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, adding in opportunities to focus on public archaeology, museum studies, and heritage studies. The CRM program is delivered entirely online, consisting of asynchronous semester-long courses. Students can choose to complete the requirements part-time or full-time, depending on their other obligations, as well as choose from a number of elective classes in CRM and History to focus on their own areas of interest. Our goal is to help our students advance in their careers and meet their own goals. We look forward to working with you!

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Cultural Resource Management Faculty

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Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Advisor for the CRM program

My Doctorate is in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, where I focused on historic archaeology, geospatial analysis, and synthesizing laboratory analyses [including ceramic, lithic, and faunal collections]. My dissertation, “Seventeenth-Century Spanish Colonial Identity in New Mexico: A Study of Identity Practices through Material Culture”, used museum collections to test assumptions of an Early Colonial mestizo population in New Mexico, as well as develop a better understanding of what (if anything) unified 17th century colonizers as “Spanish” at a regional level. I am working on outreach in the San Luis Valley of Colorado to transition my research focus to this more northern Hispano/Latinx community.

During my time as an archaeologist, I have participated in survey and excavation projects in six states (Pennsylvania, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and North Dakota), as well as Belize and Ireland. Although historic archaeology is my focus, I have participated in research projects that studied Paleoindian, Archaic, Hohokam, Puebloan, Athabaskan, and protohistoric cultures.

Richard Loosbrock, Ph.D.
Program Chair
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Nick Saenz, Ph.D.
Professor of History
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Christopher Merriman, Ph.D.
Adjunct Instructor of Anthropology

Cultural Resource Management Curriculum

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CRM 500 – Philosophy, Laws, Standards
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 – Technology and Techniques
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 student’s previous background and technological expertise.

CRM 520 – Report Writing
Central to all good archaeology is the writing of reports. This is especially true in cultural resource management, but these reports and technical documents 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.