Program Certificates

All majors will be encouraged to complete at least one of the following program certificates.  These certificates will also be available to other majors.

Certificate in Archaeological Methods

The Certificate in Archaeological Methods provides applied training in archaeological field and laboratory methods for students who anticipate careers in cultural resource management, historic preservation, history, curation, museums, education, and other related fields.  Through hands-on field and laboratory work, students will acquire the technical skills of archaeology, including survey, mapping, excavation, and artifact analysis and interpretation.  Students will gain practical experience through participation in ongoing local archaeological investigations and an internship providing advanced technical skills.  This certificate is open to students from any major.

Requirements: 12 credit hours.

  • ANT 2010 Archaeology – Tracing the Human Past
  • ANT 2xxx Field School in Archaeology
  • ANT 3xxx 3D Scanning, Morphometrics, and Digital Curation
  • AGA 3810/4810 Internship in Archaeology/Geography/Applied Anthropology*

*Internship chosen in conjunction with AGAA Program advisor. Internships focus on the hands-on work of the design, research, and implementation of a student project in conjunction with a local community-based organization, government or non-government organization, cultural resource management group, or public or private sector employee.

Certificate in Applied Geographic Information Systems

The Certificate in Applied Geographic Information Systems is designed to prepare students for careers requiring an understanding of and skills related to mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Using both commercial and free, open-source software, students will consider theories behind and proper uses of GIS as a tool by which to create, store, manage, and display spatial information. They will also gain practical experience as they apply GIS to real-world situations in an area related to their occupation or career path. This certificate is open to students from any major.

Requirements: 12 credit hours required.

  • GEO 2210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GEO 2xxx Cartography
  • GEO 3xxx Applied Geographic Information Systems
  • AGA 3810/4810 Internship in Archaeology/Geography/Applied Anthropology*

*Internship chosen in conjunction with AGAA Program advisor. Internships focus on the hands-on work of the design, research, and implementation of a student project in conjunction with a local community-based organization, government or non-government organization, cultural resource management group, or public or private sector employee.

Certificate in Applied Anthropology

The Certificate in Applied Anthropology emphasizes the methodological skills and professional practices necessary for employment as an applied anthropologist. Students will learn about ethical considerations inherent in applied work, how to gather and analyze data, and learn and practice the skills of applying anthropological approaches and methods to understand and resolve real-world problems. This certificate is open to students from any major. 

Requirements: 12 credit hours required.

  • ANT 1010 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 3xxx Applied Anthropology
  • Choose one of the following:
    1. ANT 2210 Anthropology and the Environment
    2. ANT 2710 Selected Topics in Anthropology
    3. ANT 2xxx Field School in Archaeology
  • AGA 3810/4810 Internship in Archaeology/Geography/Applied Anthropology*

*Internship chosen in conjunction with AGAA Program advisor. Internships focus on the hands-on work of the design, research, and implementation of a student project in conjunction with a local community-based organization, government or non-government organization, cultural resource management group, or public or private sector employee.

Certificate in Cultural Landscape Studies

The cultural landscape is the visible, material expression of human activity, and often reflects human relationships with the environment and other peoples. Landscapes may be “read” for information about current and past cultures that inhabit or once inhabited those locations. The Certificate in Cultural Landscape Studies introduces students to the theory and practice of identifying and reading the landscape for clues to the past. Participants will gain practical experience as they apply their knowledge of the landscape to real-world situations in an area directly related to their occupation or career path. Students who successfully complete this program will be prepared for graduate school and for careers in for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors in areas including architectural history, historic preservation, preservation law, museum studies, and historical geography. This certificate program is open to students from any major.

Requirements: 15 credit hours required.

  • ANT 2210 Anthropology and the Environment
  • ANT 2xxx Field School in Archaeology
  • GEO 2xxx Time and Space in North America
  • GEO 3xxx Reconstructing Past Landscapes
  • Choose one of the following:
  1. GEO 2210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  2. GEO 3xxx Applied Geographic Information Systems