The Master of Arts in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) program provides students with training in the skills, methods, and theoretical backgrounds necessary for work as professional archaeologists within the cultural resource management industry in Alberta and elsewhere. Graduates of this major will also be prepared to run their own companies and projects.
The program consists of 9.0 to 18.0 credit hours of graduate semester courses, a co-op program semester, and a thesis. It is based on a co-operative education model that integrates real-world work experience with classroom and research-driven learning.
The archaeological training received during the program prepares students not only for local careers but also international opportunities. Students gain transferable academic and occupational background, which can be applied in any archaeological context.
The major integrates a range of theoretical approaches from a variety of disciplines with practical experience and incorporates coursework and thesis work within a unique co-op-based learning program where students work in the industry. Co-operative education and internship opportunities provide paid work experience in appropriate employment fields for students. These value-added activities provide enriching experiences and professional development opportunities for students. This major requires a co-operative work term as a degree requirement. Students may elect to complete a second co-operative work term as part of their degree in order to earn a co-op designation.
As part of this program, students will:
- Prepare for careers in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) in Alberta and further afield.
- Gain intellectual and practical skills to work with different community partners, and to especially work as intermediaries between local stakeholders, government agencies, and corporations involved in Alberta’s economic development.
- Get familiar with United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) charters and declarations and Truth and Reconciliation recommendations in a manner that promotes and supports these processes and ideas.
Students graduating from the CRM major will demonstrate a range of:
- Academic skills - archaeological methods and analysis; historical and cultural understanding.
- Professional skills - familiarity with industry standards and practices; small-business entrepreneurship.
- Community outreach skills - working with stakeholders and agencies.
Graduates will be prepared to work within pre-existing CRM companies as senior archaeologists or to start their own companies and further contribute to Alberta’s economic growth. Specifically, students who successfully complete this program will be able to:
- Supervise archaeological excavations and surveys in Alberta and elsewhere.
- Interpret and communicate the results of archaeological work to academics and government agencies, and to corporate and community agencies.
- Assist community members and corporations to mitigate heritage concerns in relation to economic development.
- Work in a number of settings related to the heritage industry.