To accommodate students with hectic work and family lives, Adams State offers these M.A. programs online. Graduate study at Adams State is responsive and professional, with an emphasis on bridging the gap between knowledge and practical application. Expert faculty offer relevant, current, and rigorous coursework designed to help students advance in their chosen career paths or successfully transition to new fields. At the same time, the curriculums and culture foster a sense of civic responsibility and engagement.

Cultural Resource Management

Learn to safeguard the material and intangible aspects of diverse civilizations while earning your M.A. in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) from Adams State University. Students who choose the CRM emphasis study the technologies and tools necessary to excel in the discipline, including field, analysis, and data dissemination techniques. You’ll interact directly with professors who have field experience in CRM as archaeologists or administrators.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.

U.S. History

Immerse yourself in the directed study of topics in U.S. history while earning your M.A. in U.S. History from Adams State University. Students who choose the U.S. History emphasis learn a variety of methods that historians use to understand the past while honing their research, writing and critical-thinking skills.
The degree provides an advanced understanding of historiography through intense surveys of state and national phenomenon, including the relationships among geography, culture, and political theory.
For secondary education teachers, the degree is a step towards meeting the ‘highly qualified’ status under NCLB. It also provides students with the skills and qualifications necessary to pursue admission to PhD programs if they choose.

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Program Highlights

The master’s program in humanities is offered through an innovative curriculum that blends online coursework with skill building practicum projects that allow students to apply what they learn to real work situations.  Students can enter the program at the beginning of any semester.  Two courses and a practicum are offered each semester so the program can be completed in two years.  Since the curriculum is fully online, there is no need to come to the Alamosa campus to complete the program.


Cultural Resource Management

Payscale and career advancement for Cultural Resource Management professionals. Prepare yourself for a Ph.D. program.

U.S. History

Prepare yourself for a Ph.D. program or law school. Attain employment as a Social Studies Teacher or other professional.

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Rich Loosbrock, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

Cultural Resource Management and U.S. History Program Coordinator


Explore Some of Our Courses

ANTH 539: Archaeology Field School (1 TO 6 hours)
Through actual field experience, the student will learn basic techniques of site identification and recording, excavation, and artifact processing and analysis. In addition, they will learn instruments surveying and introductory applications of geographic information systems. The skills taught will be appropriate for either prehistoric or historic sites.

MPA 526: Planning in the Real World (3 hours)
Provides with an overview of the theory and practice of planning and decision-making in the public sector. The course focuses on the development of practical skills necessary to develop and implement strategic planning initiatives in a political environment. Students will use case studies and simulation to apply these skills in real organizational settings.

HIST 546: Borderlands (3 hours)
This course explores borderlands as a site of historical scholarship with special emphasis on the southwestern United States and the United States-Mexico border.

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