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Our program employs a four-tier approach. Tier 1 consists of HIST 600 (Intro to Cultural Resource Management), which all students in the program must take. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the broad range of issues and areas within CRM.

Tier 2 allows students to choose from predetermined courses, all applicable to various fields of CRM. Students will choose two courses, depending on which are most relevant to their field of study. Courses range from Public Management and Geographic Information Systems to Special Topics in Native American Studies and Local History Research Methodology.

Tier 3 consists of a single course chosen from a recommended list or from outside this list with prior approval of the CRM Coordinator. These courses are taught on a rotating basis to meet the needs of students. Courses include Landscape Architecture, Museum Studies, Interpretive Techniques and Public Administration.

Tier 4 consists of HIST 620 (Practicum in Cultural Resource Management). This is the final stage of the program, gathering all of the student’s knowledge about the field into a final practicum or research project. The Practicum requires 150 hours of work.

In addition to the prescribed curriculum, affiliated programs also offer field schools. These courses provide students with opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge about a particular area, witness cultural resource managers at work, or provide service and outreach opportunities.


In addition to the coursework requirements, all students are required to meet periodically with the CRM Coordinator. All CRM students are required to file a Plan of Study within the first semester of coursework. The Plan of Study may be amended at future points with the approval of the CRM Coordinator.

As part of a long-range strategy to establish an online graduate certificate, the CRM Program has been offering online courses since 2008. These include HIST 600 (Intro to Cultural Resource Management) and HIST 412 (Intro to Public History).

Please visit the graduate course catalog for additional details.