Do you find museums fascinating? Do you stop at archaeological and historical sites on road trips? If so, you should consider pursuing the Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management (CHM)!

What is CHM?

It is anthropological, archaeological, and historical research carried out to document, preserve, and protect places, properties, and objects that are considered culturally meaningful to people. Prepare for highly competitive jobs in tourism, museums, professional archaeology firms, or in local, state, and federal governments!

Choose from three areas of concentration:
  • Heritage and History: Presents a broad vision of cultural heritage and its relations to contemporary peoples.
  • Cultural Resources Management: Learn to document, preserve, and manage archaeological resources.
  • Management: Learn skills for performing the various behind the scenes tasks found in various firms and agencies involved in CHM.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    A certificate in CHM will provide students with the specific training necessary to be successful in the field and will make them more attractive to potential employers. The completion of a certificate program will give our students an edge in today's highly competitive labor market.

    The program will include courses in the Anthropology department, History department, and other departments that offer courses relevant to the different career trajectories in CHM. The training for the certificate program will encourage students to engage in interdisciplinary research and community outreach activities that are sought in today's CHM job market.

    To apply for the Cultural Heritage Management Certificate complete the Online Application.

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 19

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses


    How to complete the certificate:

    1. Sign up by completing the COSS Certificate Form
    2. In the semester of your graduation, having completed the course requirements below, contact the Certificate Administrator of the Anthropology Department's Main Office.
    3. If you have fulfilled all requirements, you will receive your printed certificate together with your graduation materials.

    If you have questions or need guidance on completing the required courses, contact the Certificate Administrator or the Department's Office Manager. 


    A “Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management” can be completed by Anthropology majors or non-Anthropology majors who have completed the appropriate prerequisite or corequisite courses.

    Course Requirements:


      • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology


    • ANTH 1102 – Introduction to Anthropology
    • ANTH 2001 – Introduction to Archaeology
    • ANTH 2002 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • ANTH 4181 – Cultural Resource Management


    Choose any three courses below to complete the certificate, or, to concentrate in one area, choose two from the same category. Each of the courses is 3 credit hours unless otherwise marked.


    • ANTH 3170 Religion in America: Shakers and Other Utopian Religious Movements
    • ANTH 4144 People and Cultures of Latin America
    • ANTH 4176 Narrative and Story Telling (4 credit hours)
    • ANTH 4885 Special Topics**
    • HIST 4400 Introduction to Public History
    • HIST 4403 Introduction to Museum Studies


    • ANTH 4102 Archaeological Field Methods (4 credit hours)
    • ANTH 4103 Field Methods in Cultural Resource Management (4 credit hours)
    • ANTH 4175 Southeastern Archaeology & Ethnohistory
    • ANTH 4201 Artifact Analysis
    • ANTH 4885 Special Topics**


    • GEOG 2553 Introduction to GIS and Mapping Science
    • ENGL 3405 Professional and Technical Writing
    • MGNT 3600 Management
    • MGNT 3627 Managing Cultural Differences

     *The certificate will be 18 credit hours if students take three classes worth 4 credit hours in Part II.

    **ANTH 4885 Special Topics courses may count towards the certificate with advisor approval.

    • ANTH-1102 - Introduction to Anthropology

      A four-subfield introduction to the analysis and explanation of cultural similarities and differences. Discoveries, theories, problems, and debates on issues of fundamental importance to the understanding of human nature, society, and behavior through the study of cultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.

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    • ANTH-2001 - Introduction to Archaeology

      Survey of Archaeology as a subfield of Anthropology. Content includes basic theoretical concepts, analytic methods, and interpretive models of scientific archaeology. Specific concerns include reconstruction of cultural systems and their adaptive patterns through recovery and analysis of material remains.

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    • ANTH-2002 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

      A broad ethnographic introduction to the customs and behaviors of people in several cultures. This class will examine a diverse range of contemporary cultures and explore different social structures, belief systems, and adaptations through exemplary case studies in the subfield of Cultural Anthropology.

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    • ANTH-3170 - Religion in America: The Shakers and Other Utopian Societies

      This hands-on religion course will focus on the practice of religion in historical and contemporary Utopian societies in the U.S. By examining the development and legacy of one of America’s most quintessential religious communities, the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing (known as the Shakers), students will gain a wide range of skills and opportunities to explore diverse approaches to religion, theory, and methodology in anthropology. We will also examine other Utopian religious societies as comparative examples. There will be a class travel component and additional Course Fees associated with this course during most semesters.

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    • ANTH-4102 - Archaeological Field Research

      Direct participation in all aspects of an archaeological excavation project. Instruction in research design, excavation techniques, recording procedures, data analyses, and field interpretation.

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    • ANTH-4103 - Field Methods in Cultural Resource Management

      Direct participation in a Cultural Resource Assessment Survey (CRAS) project. Instruction in archaeological survey, mapping, excavation techniques, artifact identification, and artifact processing.

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    • ANTH-4144 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America

      An ethnohistorical and ethnographic perspective of indigenous peoples of Latin America (including Central America; South America, and the Caribbean), with an emphasis on the Inca State and contemporary Andean people.

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    • ANTH-4176 - Narrative and Storytelling in Ethnography

      This course will study examples of the stories and narratives that anthropologists collect during fieldwork and those that they produce later, when they are back at their desks reflecting on their experiences. Students will be asked to think critically about the various forms of storytelling we engage in, as well as to consider the power of representation through text.

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    • ANTH-4181 - Cultural Resources Management

      An examination of the history of the field of cultural resource management including major federal and state laws that govern the preservation of cultural resources. Attention will be given to archeological, historical, and architectural applications.

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    • ANTH-4201 - Artifact Analysis

      This course is a hands-on introduction to interpreting artifacts from archaeological sites that focuses on the analysis of flaked stone tools, prehistoric ceramics, shell, bone, and perishables artifacts, and historic artifacts.

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    • ENGL-3405 - Professional and Technical Writing

      Intensive practice in composing powerful audience-driven documents in a variety of real-world business, professional and technical contexts. Students will also learn how to make effective business-related presentations supported with appropriate documentary and visual aids.

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    • GEOG-3563 - Remote Sensing and GIS Integration

      This course introduces the principles of remote sensing and explores the practical integration of remote sensing with geographic information systems.

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    • HIST-4400 - Introduction to Public History

      An examination of the development, philosophies, and activities in the field of public history and the ethical issues which public historians face.

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    • HIST-4403 - Introduction to Museum Studies

      An introduction to the philosophy, theory and practice of museum work and a survey of various functions of a museum, including collections, research, education and interpretation, exhibits, and administration.

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    • MGNT-3600 - Management

      This course is designed to help students understand the major functions and skills required by managers. Emphasis is placed on management's role in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizational resources.

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    • MGNT-3627 - Managing Cultural Differences

      A course designed to enable students to become more competitive in their chosen career fields by developing in them an understanding of the importance of increasing global economic interdependence and the challenges of relating to people from other countries or cultures. Same as SOCI 3273.

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  • Admissions

    Application Deadlines

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    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application


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  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

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