Master of Arts in Applied Archaeology

Requirements (45-46 units)

Program Code: AARC

The Master of Arts in Applied Archaeology is a professionally oriented program designed to prepare students for middle and upper-level careers in the archaeological sector of the cultural resource management (CRM) industry. The core of the program comprises courses in archaeology with an emphasis on combining practical experience in field and laboratory studies with an internship and research project undertaken in collaboration with a government agency or private firm that conducts archaeological investigations in the context of CRM. Students will also obtain an in-depth understanding of archaeological theory, California archaeology, and the laws, regulations, and procedures relevant to archaeology and CRM in our region. Elective courses will enable students to pursue an interest further in history, archaeology, or historic preservation. The program is intended for evening students primarily and, therefore, classes are predominantly scheduled between 6 and 10 p.m.

Admission to the Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in anthropology or a closely related field from an accredited college or university;
  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 overall and at least 3.0 ("B") in the student's undergraduate major;
  3. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  4. EITHER:
    A. Completion of the following prerequisite course or its equivalent, completed with a grade of B or better:  ANTH 320
    B. Documented Field experience in archaeology under professional supervision that is deemed by the Admissions Committee as being equivalent to successful completion of ANTH 320;
  5. A brief statement (one to two double-spaced typewritten pages) describing the applicant's preparation for graduate study and professional goals;
  6. Submission of three letters of recommendation from people who are in a position to make relevant comments on the student's likely success in the program. At least one of the letters should be from a former professor who is familiar with the student's scholarly abilities.

Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be formally advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified status;
  2. Secured a graduate advisor to supervise the course of study;
  3. Completed, with the approval of the advisor, at least 12 quarter units of graduate course work at this university and achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in those courses;

  4. Filed a graduate program approved by the student's advisor and the coordinator of the program.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 45 quarter units of acceptable graduate-level work, with at least 32 quarter units completed in residence at California State University, San Bernardino. Thirty-two quarter units must be in 500- and 600-level courses;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") in all courses;
  3. To provide a breadth of content in this graduate program, 300- or 400-level courses may be used to satisfy some program requirements with the expectation that coursework is increased to satisfy the rigors of graduate work;

  4. Successful completion of a thesis or project (ANTH 699).

Thesis/Project: Under normal circumstances, a student must complete a thesis that is approved by his or her thesis committee. The thesis must reflect original work and show a level of competence appropriate for a master's degree. The thesis committee shall consist of two or three faculty members, including the student's advisor, mutually agreed upon by the student and faculty. By mutual agreement between the student and advisor, the third committee member may be recruited from archaeologists in the southern California CRM community holding PhDs from accredited institutions. The student should enroll in (ANTH 699) in the quarter when completion of the thesis is anticipated. On occasion a student may be allowed to substitute a completed project for the thesis. Such a project must have a completed product and would reflect at least the same amount of work as a thesis and be completed to the same standard. The content and appropriateness of the project will be determined by a project committee constituted in the same way as a thesis committee.

Degree Requirements (45-46 units)

Required courses (37)
ANTH 602Advanced Archaeological Laboratory Analysis5
ANTH 603Advanced Studies in California Archaeology4
ANTH 611Cultural Resource Management: Laws, Regulations, and Procedures4
ANTH 612Cultural Resource Management in Practice4
ANTH 615Research Design, Methods, and Problems in Archaeology4
ANTH 613Writing for CRM2
ANTH 616History and Theory of Archaeology4
ANTH 677Graduate Internship in Applied Archaeology4
ANTH 699AThesis Research I2
ANTH 699BThesis Research II4
Electives (8-9)
Four or five units chosen from the following courses:4-5
Archaeology of the Southwest
Introduction to Cultural Resource Management
Experimental Archaeology and Ethnoarchaeology
Museum Management
Advanced Historical Archaeology
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems Applications
Historic Preservation
Four units chosen from the following courses:4
Selected Topics in Anthropology (consent of advisor required because of variable topics)
Digital Mapping and GIS for Scientists
History of the American West
Advanced Archival Practices
Advanced Cultural Resource Management
Advanced Public History
Advanced Oral History
Total Units45-46