MA in Public Archaeology
Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The MA Program in Public Archaeology (MAPA) requires students to take seven core courses, three electives, an internship, and a writing course. During their first year, MAPA students take courses that provide a foundation in archaeological practices, heritage issues, relevant laws and policies, and the current state of the discipline. Students are encouraged to take additional classes outside of archaeology, including geology, remote sensing, forensics and GIS.

During the summer after the first year of classes, students plan and conduct a research project, typically based on an internship with an appropriate institution. Close ties exist with a variety of institutions and based on their interests, MAPA students have opportunities to intern at a number of well-renowned locales. New listings can be found here (link to, while a partial list of potential internship sites includes:

American Museum of Natural History
New York State Museum
National Park Service
National Forest Service
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
ERM (Environmental Resources Management)
NRG (Natural Resource Group)
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Petersburg National Battlefield
Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources
Oberlin Heritage Center

Upon returning to Binghamton for the second year of the program, students are dedicated to completing a Master's thesis based on their summer internship with courses focused on professional development, writing skills and publication practices. Students are expected to finish all degree requirements in 20 months.



Year 1 – Fall

Anth 501- History of Anthropological Thought = 4 credits
Anth 551 – Strategies in Archaeology = 4
Anth 554G – Heritage and Community = 4

Year 1 – Spring

Anth 504 - Current Issues and Debates in Anthropology = 4
Anth 585 – Heritage Resource Management (Policy & Procedures) = 4
Elective Course (Methods Based) = 4
Summer – Internship = 4

Year 2 – Fall

Anth 555 – Practice of Public Archaeology = 4
Elective Course (Methods Based) = 4
Anth 576 (Area) or 583 (Practica) = 1

Year 2 – Spring

Anth 590 (Writing) = 4
Anth 599 (Thesis) = 1


Total  = 42


Details About Class Requirements

For the Public Archaeology track, a student must complete their coursework with a summary GPA of 3.0 or better and satisfy the following requirements:

1. Pass, with a B- or better each of these four 4-credit courses; ANTH 551 – Strategies in Archaeology, ANTH 554G – Heritage and Communities, ANTH 585 – Heritage Resource Management – Policy and Procedures, and ANTH 555 – The Practice of Public Archaeology.

2. Pass ANTH 501 (History of Anthropological Thought) and ANTH 504 (Current Issues and Debates in Anthropology) with grades of B- or better.

3. Enroll for 4 credits of ANTH 595 – Internship, and complete a summer internship in Public Archaeology.

4. Present a colloquium based on the student's summer internship experience and proposed MA thesis.

5. Complete 3 elective courses, two of which must focus on methodological practica while the third can be a practica course or ANTH 576 – Problems in Archaeological Area Studies.

6. Completion of a master's thesis, ANTH 590 - Writing Skills and Publication, and 1 credit of ANTH 599 – Thesis.

Last Updated: 8/2/16