Cultural Resource Management - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Cultural Resource Management provides specialized archaeological training that enables students to pursue careers cultural resource management, heritage, and historic preservation in the public or private sectors. The curriculum includes cultural resource management and historic preservation laws and regulations, area classes in prehistoric and historical archaeology, field classes, and laboratory methods courses in archaeology, history, and geography. Students take courses in traditional classroom and laboratory formats, as well as in the field, and may complete the certificate in one year. 

The Certificate may be completed as a stand alone certification or in conjunction with the M.A. degree in Anthropology or any other related field.

If you wish to complete a graduate certificate, you must apply for admission to this non-degree program. Even if you already enrolled in a graduate program at NMSU, you will need to complete a separate application to be admitted to the certificate program. Once you have been admitted to the program and have completed all of the necessary coursework, you will need to file a Completion of Graduate Certificate form to be awarded the certificate.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attend this program can be found on the following: Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Please contact the Anthropology Graduate Advisor, Dr. Lois Stanford for information about how to complete the application.

The Graduate Certificate in Cultural Resource Management requires 18 credits of coursework and must be completed within 3 years. The certificate requires six credits from two required courses and 12 credits from a comprehensive list of electives in anthropology and cognate fields. Students are required to take at least one course in History or Geography. All these courses are designed to promote expertise in cultural resource management.

Required Courses
ANTH 540Cultural Resource Management3
ANTH 542Cultural Resource Management II3
Elective Courses12
Select 12 credits from the following: 1,2
At least three credits must be in HIST or GEOG
Federal Indian Policy3
Advanced Studies in Archaeology1-3
Analytical Methods in Anthropology3
Advanced Archaeology of the American Southwest3
Advanced Historical Archaeology3
Archaeological Field School-Graduates2-6
Archaeological Mapping3-6
Advanced Human Osteology3
Lithic Technology Organization3
Advanced Zooarchaeology3
Advanced Lab Methods in Archaeology3
Introduction to Remote Sensing4
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS & T)4
Oral History3
Interpreting Historic Places for the Public3
Advanced Historic Preservation3
Public History Seminar3
Total Credits18

Some of these courses have prerequisites, consult the graduate catalog for details.


Other classes maybe included in the list of elective courses at the discretion of the Department and with approval of the Anthropology Department Head.