Cultural and Heritage Resource Management

Advising & Plans of Study

Advising | MPS Plan | GC PlanObjectives

Advising

Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the program director to ensure that educational goals are being met. Current and prospective students should contact the program at chrm@umd.edu.

MPS-CHRM: Plan of Study

Master of Professional Studies in Cultural Heritage Resource Management (MPS-CHRM) is a 36-credit multi-disciplinary curriculum that provides rigorous training to broaden knowledge and understanding of cultural and heritage resource management, specifically in areas identified as critical by the practicing professionals within the field, laboratory, and management of areas of the discipline.  The program highlights intensive research methods, ethics, communication, management, technical writing, and critical thinking skills throughout all coursework, a management level practicum or internship, and a technical report highlighting a CHRM research project.

MPS-CHRM features the convenience and flexibility of online instruction provided by Department of Anthropology faculty, practicing professional archaeologists, and CHRM specialists. Online content is delivered through UMD’s online learning environment. The program uses the term academic calendar. There are four 12-week terms: I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer).  Students complete course work in 11 weeks; week 12 is reserved for finals.

MPS-CHRM may be completed in 18 months of full-time enrollment by taking 6 credits over the course of six 12-week terms.  The plan of study includes eight 3-credit courses which focus on research methods, ethics, communication, management, technical writing, and critical thinking skills (24 credits); one internship/practicum course (6 credits); and one thesis course (6 credits).  

  • The internship/practicum is designed to contribute to the students’ understanding of the overall process of CHRM.  Students who are already working in CHRM may use their employment as their practicum if the opportunity is available for them to learn beyond the confines of their job.
  • For the thesis, students write a technical report relating on a CHRM 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.
MPS-CHRM: Plan of Study
Course Title Credits Year Offered
ANTH*** Introduction to Cultural and Heritage Resource Management 3 1 Term I (Fall)
ANTH*** Vital Technologies: Methods, Applications, and Interpretation 3 1 Term I (Fall)
ANTH*** Community Engagement: Cultural Communication, Sensitivity, Tribal Consultation, and Public Outreach 3 1 Term II (Winter)
ANTH*** From Collecting to Collections: Data Management and Preservation of Cultural Materials 3 1 Term II (Winter)
ANTH*** International Preservation Laws and Professional Ethics 3 1 Term III (Spring)
ANTH*** Applied Archaeological Theory: From Plan of Work to Final Report, Establishing Significance 3 1 Term III (Spring)
ANTH*** Internship/Practicum 6 1 Term IV (Summer)
ANTH*** Business of CHRM: Leadership, Project, and People Management 3 2 Term I (Fall)
ANTH*** Project Management: Critical Thinking, Research, and Technical Writing 3 2 Term I (Fall)
ANTH*** Thesis 6 2 Term II (Winter)

GC-CHRM: Plan of Study

Graduate Certificate in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management (GC-CHRM) is an 18-credit curriculum emphasizing professional development, ethics, and writing as well as professional communication, critical thinking, career options, and an internship or practicum with a cultural or heritage resources management agency or firm within the private sector or government.

GC-CHRM features the convenience and flexibility of online instruction provided by Department of Anthropology faculty, practicing professional archaeologists, and CHRM specialists. Online content is delivered through UMD’s online learning environment. The program uses the term academic calendar. There are four 12-week terms: I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer).  Students complete course work in 11 weeks; week 12 is reserved for finals. 

GC-CHRM may be completed in 9 months of full-time study by taking six credits over three 12-week terms.  The plan of study includes four 3-credit courses with an emphasis on professional development, ethics, and writing as well as professional communication, critical thinking, and career options (12 credits) and one internship/practicum course (6 credits).  The internship/practicum is designed to contribute to the students’ understanding of the overall process of CHRM.  Students who are already working in CHRM may use their employment as their practicum if the opportunity is available for them to learn beyond the confines of their job.

GC-CHRM: Plan of Study
Course Title Credits Offered

ANTH***

Introduction to Cultural and Heritage Resource Management 3 Term I (Fall)
ANTH*** Vital Technologies: Methods, Applications, and Interpretation 3 Term I (Fall)
ANTH*** Community Engagement: Cultural Communication, Sensitivity, Tribal Consultation, and Public Outreach 3 Term II (Winter)
ANTH*** From Collecting to Collections: Data Management and Preservation of Cultural Materials 3 Term II (Winter)
ANTH*** Internship/Practicum 6 Term III (Sprint)

Program Objectives

Graduate Programs in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management helps with the acquisition and fulfillment of key competencies to build the knowledge and skills necessary to advance. Through the graduate certificate, students acquire knowledge of the Principles of Cultural Heritage Law, Use of budgets in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management, Documentation needed during phase I, II, III of Cultural and Heritage Resource Management projects, Basic Native American/Indigenous people sensitivity, North American archaeology artifact identification, Safety training, Final report writing, Understanding of state agencies schedules, Outdoor life sense, Map reading and orienteering, Professional conduct and ethics, Note taking and interpretation, Soils and stratigraphy, Context and functional identification and recording, and Above ground resource recognition.

In addition to the educational objectives for the Graduate Certificate, students in the Master of Professional Studies in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management will be instructed in the knowledge and skills necessary to earn employment and succeed in management-level positions in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management including: Federal, state and tribal regulations including Section 106 and NEPA legislation; NAGPRA, NRHP legislation; Agreement documents, permitting; Local ordinances, local land management, oversight agencies; Advocacy, tribal consultation; Proposal writing, scheduling, marketing, project logistics, personnel management; Establishing site significance, data management, work plans, mitigation measures; Contracting, accounting, budget development; Crew management principles; Cultural communication; and Public outreach.

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