The IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research and the Anthropology Department are now accepting applications for M.A. in Applied Archaeology for the Fall 2010 semester.
Because there is no deadline for admission, student applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; the deadline for applications for financial aid, including graduate assistantships, is March 15. To apply, complete the on-line or printed application available at How to Apply. For more information, contact Dr. Phillip Neusius (firstname.lastname@example.org), chair of the IUP Anthropology Department.
The program includes 36 hours of graduate coursework. All students will take a required common core of 15 credits, 15 credits of electives, and six credits of thesis and/or internship. Graduates with a master’s degree in Applied Archaeology may be employed by a variety of public and private employers. For example, Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region will need more trained professionals to assist in the growth of the fields of historic preservation and heritage tourism, the most rapidly expanding segment of the tourism industry, Pennsylvania’s second largest industry. The governor, the state legislature, and in particular the General Assembly’s Center for Rural Pennsylvania have long recognized the need to combine research on cultural and historical preservation with tourism. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate have, in the past, unanimously passed resolutions recognizing the importance of the state’s historic and prehistoric features. A recent House resolution calls for a statewide inventory of historically significant structures.
Tourism has been recognized by the state as an important, in some cases key, economic force, and many state agencies have stated that Pennsylvania should use historic preservation to its economic advantage, improving the state’s economy while also promoting a sense of regional and state pride. For example, Governor Rendell recently launched a cabinet-level task force on the Pennsylvania Wilds to encourage “heritage tourism,” combining officials from the Department of Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, and other agencies.