SCSU Today

Managing cultural resources

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

One of the university’s newest master’s degree programs – cultural resources management archaeology – finds students in the first cohort training to work as professional archaeologists at the principal investigator or manager level for federal, state and tribal agencies, non-profit organizations and private contracting companies.

Core areas of study in the graduate program include archaeology, biological or cultural anthropology, technical writing, regional cultural history, federal legislation, research design, project logistics and management skills.  The research interests of the current students include a 10,500-year-old Paleo-Indian site in Mille Lacs County, the introduction of Euro-American cultures in the Midwest during the 19th century, and how archaeologists can most effectively share information with the public.

The master’s degree meets the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's qualification standards for work as professional archaeologists.  Holders of the degree could eventually be found working in places like the National Park Service, the Minnesota Historical Society, Tribal Historic Preservation offices, the Department of Natural Resources, environmental engineering firms, museums and cultural heritage programs.

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