University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Anthropology M.A. - Cultural Heritage

The M.A. in Anthropology with concentration in Cultural Heritage focuses on methods and theories related to preserving the culture, heritage, and diversity of all peoples. It is designed to produce professionals in the many areas of cultural heritage preservation who are firmly grounded in the fundamentals of anthropology. This is a broad concentration that can accommodate students with interests in a variety of areas, including:

  • Cultural resource management, historic preservation, prehistoric archaeology, and similar archaeologically focused studies;
  • Ethnohistory, tribal recognition, cultural preservation, language retention, and similar ethnographically focused studies;
  • Museology, educational anthropology, public archaeology, and similar areas that focus on interpreting cultures for the general public.

The curriculum in this concentration is chosen in consultation with an appropriate faculty advisor who will help guide the student toward appropriate classes for fulfilling their goals. Since this concentration is designed to train professionals, the focus is on practical professional experiences, which may include an internship with an appropriate company or agency. This experience will result in a professional paper, exhibit, portfolio, or other original creative work that is used to satisfy the M.A. degree requirements. 

Master of Arts - Anthropology; Cultural Heritage Concentration

Required Credits: Thesis/professional project option: 30; Non-thesis option: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Successful completion of an M.A. in Anthropology requires coursework, successful completion of a comprehensive evaluation, and significant original scholarly work. The Anthropology faculty expects that students will complete the requirements for the M.A. degree in two years.

Some background classes are required for all students in the Anthropology Graduate Program. These classes may have been taken previously as an undergraduate and may be used as electives.

  • We strongly recommend one class in each of the four fields of Anthropology: cultural or social anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological or physical anthropology, and archaeology. 
  • We strongly recommend one or more classes in statistics or quantitative methods. 
  • We strongly recommend one year of a second language.


Complete all of the following courses:
ANTY 500Contemporary Anthropological Thought3
ANTY 601Research Design & Proposal Preparation3
ANTY 602Cultural Heritage Policy & Practice3
Cooperative Education or Field/Practical Course - Complete 3 credits of the following:3
Field Experience/Practicum
Methods - Complete one of the following courses:3
Anthropological Data Analysis
Forensic and Mortuary Archaeology
Ethnographic Field Methods
Cultural Resource Management
GIS in Archaeology
Lithic Technology
Artifact Analysis
Archaeological Survey
Archaeological Field School
Methods for Native Languages
Applied Anthropological Statistics
Advanced Forensic Anthropology
Phonetics and Phonology
Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Field Methods
North American Indigenous Language and Linguistics
Thesis, Professional Project, or Non-Thesis Options - Complete one of the following options:15-21
Thesis/Professional Project Option - Complete 15 credits of the following to achieve a total of 30 credits:
Professional Project
Additional graduate-level courses
Defense of thesis or professional paper/project
Non-Thesis Option - Complete 21 credits of the following to achieve a total of 36 credits:
Additional graduate-level courses
Comprehensive Evaluation or a reviewed scholarly work or portfolio
Total Hours30-36