What is the difference between the MA in Archaeology and MA in Cultural Resource Management programs?
There are two main differences:
1) The types of courses taken—The Archaeology major requires courses specific to archaeology, the study of material culture, and specific historical periods. The courses in the CRM major have a slightly different focus. Students are required to take ARKY 5010: Cultural Resource Management, a course that introduces students to issues specific to archaeology in the cultural resource management sector. Students in the CRM major may also elect to take courses that are not traditionally part of an archaeology degree, such as management courses related to small business operation. The CRM class requirements are also flexible in allowing students who have one area of archaeology or geography background to take courses in technical fields in which they do not have a specialization. Furthermore, the CRM requires a co-op program, a type of “on-the-job” training not offered through the Archaeology major.
2) The thesis project—This project is based on materials collected in a CRM environment and result in a project that is recognized by Alberta Heritage as sufficient to allow the student to be given permits to conduct independent archaeological investigations. Theses written as part of the Archaeology major may be similar, but will not necessarily meet the requirements expected by government agencies for CRM work. For example, a thesis that investigates the changing nature of Egyptian funerary texts in relation to shifts in royal political power would be an excellent thesis topic for the MA in Archaeology but would not help a student secure work in the CRM industry.
Is Co-operative Education required component of the CRM program?
Yes, this major requires a co-operative work term as a degree requirement.
Can I pursue a PhD degree following the MA in CRM?
Yes, you'll gain sufficient background and knowledge to be accepted into PhD Archaeology programs.
What undergraduate courses or educational background are needed to be eligible for admission?
Students with background in Archaeology, Anthropology, Native American Studies or Geography may apply for this program. Please also check the admission requirements for Master of Arts program.