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MA in Public Archaeology
Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The MA Program in Public Archaeology (MAPA) requires students to take six core courses, four electives, an internship, and a writing course. During their first year, MAPA students take courses that provide a foundation in archaeological practices, heritage issues, and relevant laws and policies. 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 585 (Heritage Resource Management) = 4
Elective Course (Methods Based) = 4
Elective Course (Theory 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  = 40


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 five 4-credit courses; ANTH 501 – History of Anthropological Thought, 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. Enroll for 4 credits of ANTH 595 – Internship, and complete a summer internship in Public Archaeology.
  3. Present a colloquium based on the student's summer internship experience and proposed MA thesis.
  4. Complete 4 elective courses, two of which must focus on methodological practica, one on theory, and a fourth on either practica or ANTH 576 – Problems in Archaeological Area Studies.
  5. Completion of a master's thesis, ANTH 590 - Writing Skills and Publication, and 1 credit of ANTH 599 – Thesis.


Last Updated: 12/21/17