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Graduate Certificate in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management, Online (Z121)

Graduate Programs in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management is offered through the Department of Anthropology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The department has established itself as a cutting edge leader for preparing practicing professionals entering careers outside of academia with its Masters in Applied Anthropology, and by creating partnerships and educational opportunities with the community of practicing professionals.

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. Students should contact the program director, Dr. Kathryn Lafrenz-Samuels, via email:


The Graduate Certificate in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management, Online (Z121) has 12-credit curriculum emphasizing professional development, ethics, and writing as well as professional communication, critical thinking, career options, and an internship or practicum with a cultural or heritage resources management agency or firm within the private sector or government. 

  • Plan of study includes four 3-credit courses with an emphasis on professional development, ethics, and writing as well as professional communication, critical thinking, and career options (12 credits).
  • Program can be completed in six months of continuous enrollment. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.


Below is a listing of all program courses. For a detailed course description that includes pre-requisites or co-requisites, see The Graduate School Catalog, Course Listing as follows: ANTH Course Descriptions

Course Number Title
ANTH741 Introduction to Cultural and Heritage Resource Management
ANTH742 Advanced Methods in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management
ANTH743 Community Engagement and Consultation
ANTH744 Collections, Data Management and Cultural Materials Preservation

Registration Overview

  • See the sample plan of study, below. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the academic program director. 
  • Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary semester to semester. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite.
  • Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit.   
  • The program uses specific section codes for registration, which are listed on the sample plan of study.

 Sample Plan of Study

Term Type Course Number Section Code Credits
I (fall) Core ANTH741 PLA* 3
I (fall) Core ANTH742 PLA* 3
II (winter) Core ANTH743 PLA* 3
II (winter) Core ANTH744 PLA* 3

Online Learning

  • The program features 100% online instruction with engaging and interactive learning.
  • Uses the term academic calendar with classes held in 12-week terms: I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer). 
  • Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field.
  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content. 
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Lectures are video archived. Students who are unable to attend in real time can review the session through asynchronous participation.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • Knowledge of the principles of cultural heritage law, use of budgets in cultural and heritage resource management, documentation needed during phase I, II, and III of cultural and heritage resource management projects, basic Native American/indigenous people sensitivity, North American archaeology artifact identification, safety training, final report writing, understanding of state agencies schedules, outdoor life sense, map reading and orienteering, professional conduct, and ethics, notetaking and interpretation, soils and stratigraphy, context and functional identification and recording, and above ground resource recognition.
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