University in New Mexico proposes cultural resources degree

November 16, 2019 GMT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Highlands University says it’s developing a special anthropology master’s degree program focused on cultural resource management.

If approved by higher education officials, the program would be delivered through distance learning.

Highlands professor Orit Tamir developed the proposal with the goal of preparing people to work in the private sector or with tribal, state and federal agencies.

In New Mexico, Tamir says a master’s degree in anthropology is needed to be a principal or lead investigator on a cultural resources project or other forms of professional anthropology analysis.

University Provost Roxanne Gonzales says offering the program through distance learning will allow working professionals to bolster their skills and make themselves more marketable.

The program could begin as soon as fall 2020 once it gets final approval.