Courses for the Graduate Program in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management:
ANTH 741: Introduction to Cultural and Heritage Resource Management (3 credits)
This course provides the introductory background to the field of cultural and heritage resource management. It examines existing international, national, and local frameworks for the protection of cultural heritage. It provides an overview of employment opportunities and ethical responsibilities within the profession. Materials are presented through lectures, interactive learning modules and independent and team research.
ANTH 742: Vital Technologies: Methods, Applications, and Interpretation (3 credits)
This course examines the range of nondestructive technologies used to research and image cultural and heritage resources. The course will cover standard archaeological survey methods and will focus on remote sensing technologies and how an integrated approach to archaeological investigation can reveal vital information for resource planning, interpretation, and outreach. Students will learn how a research design is developed, data are captured, integrated and interpreted and how they can be used in CRM research and resource stewardship.
ANTH 743: Community Engagement and Consultation (3 credits)
The fundamentals of effective community engagement and consultation are addressed in this course, providing students with the tools for seeking, discussing, and considering the views of stakeholder and tribal communities. Consultation is geared towards a respectful and culturally situated exchange of ideas seeking consensus on identifying cultural and heritage resources, assessing their significance and value, and gathering feedback on how to avoid, minimize, or mitigate potential adverse effects. Students will also learn techniques and best practices for public engagement, as a platform for increasing public access to cultural and heritage resources, and for considering and showcasing their public values more broadly.
ANTH 744: Collections, Data Management, and Cultural Materials Preservation (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of archaeological curation and collections management, including the legal requirements and ethical obligations behind curation. We will discuss methods and best practices for collecting, processing, and cataloging of archaeological materials with the goals of obtaining maximum information during analysis, and preserving data potential for future researchers. Students will learn to plan for curation when initiating a project that may generate an archaeological collection, including choosing a curation facility and budgeting considerations. The course will touch on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) as it relates to the collection and curation of cultural materials.
ANTH 745: Global Heritage and Professional Ethics (3 credits)
The course examines existing international frameworks for heritage management as well as the professional ethics that create the frameworks for the protection and preservation of cultural and heritage resources. It looks at the ethical practice of the business of CRM beyond the legal requirements. In this course, students create a resource reference of applicable legislation that familiarizes them with legislation and then they undertake an in-depth examination of the most applicable legislation driving CRM in their region.
ANTH 746: Applied Archaeological Theory (3 credits)
Does cultural resources management (CRM) need theory? Can archeological theory help us understand CRM conventions and configurations, and does CRM have its own distinctive contribution to make to archaeological theory? This course explores these questions while surveying the key areas of theory that inform the work that CRM practitioners do, and also the place of CRM in cultural discourse. Some topics that the course will approach include the flow of ideas and the relationship between CRM and academic archeology, the work of theory building and the processual roots of CRM and how this is expressed as part of contemporary practice, the literature that has grown up around public archaeology, questions of significance and cultural value, movements of power and the politics of representation and appropriation.
ANTH 747: Business of CRM (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the skills necessary for success in managing a CRM program. Students will learn how CRM organizations market and manage clients, prepare and submit budgets and proposals, and coordinate technical staff to successfully complete projects. Topics will address the range of issues that owners and managers are confronted with in their oversight of projects, including the management of employees, ethics and professional responsibilities, ensuring health and safety, and meeting the many contractual obligations of CRM projects.
This course is the capstone class for the program, providing students with a grounding in the critical thinking processes necessary during each stage of the CRM process. It provides students with insights into the processes used as research questions are translated into data and then into an evaluative report. Students review examples of appropriate and inappropriate technical reports and then analyze the reports to understand the thinking processes necessary for project management to provide the client with the documentation necessary for completing the compliance process.
ANTH 749: Cultural and Heritage Resource Management Internship (6 credits)
A 6-week internship/practicum that would contribute to students' understanding of the overall process of CHRM. Students who are already working in CRM or a closely related field may use their employment as their practicum if the opportunity is available for them to learn beyond their current job duties.
ANTH 750: Cultural and Heritage Resource Management Thesis (6 credits)
A technical report relating on a CRM research topic. The thesis will include a statement of purpose or hypothesis to be examined, a research design developed specifically for the student’s research, a broad literature review to place the research in context, original data collection and analysis, summary and discussion of results, and a conclusion. The thesis may be based on field, lab, collections, or literature analysis or any combination thereof. An oral presentation is required, but a written comprehensive exam is not required.