Heritage Management

Professor Gary Edson, Executive Director.

Horn Professor Baker; Professors Johnson, Phelan, and Schmidly; Adjunct Faculty: Dean, Ladkin, and Monk.

The Heritage Management area offers study in the following graduate degree program: Master of Science in HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. The program emphasizes extensive investigation in the field of heritage management. Graduates from the program are prepared to enhance local, regional, and national sociological and scientific values; encourage preservation and stewardship of cultural and natural heritage; advocate public service; and direct educational programming designed to derive maximum advantage from innovative technology without the loss of cultural identity and biodiversity. The program is configured to allow individual students to emphasize areas of special interests such as heritage administration, conservation, interpretation, education, and use (ecotourism). The program offers both theoretical and practical course work designed to prepare graduates to be leaders in the heritage management field.

Applicants will be considered for admission to the Heritage Management program once the following materials are received: official transcripts of complete undergraduate class work; two letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable of the student's professional abilities; GRE scores; a completed application form; and a career summary statement. Forms will be furnished on request. Prior to being considered for admission to the program, students must complete the appropriate application forms and satisfy the requirements of the University. Once that process is concluded, admission to the program is based on three primary measures as follows: (1) GRE--the three elements of GRE (Verbal, Qualitative, and Analytical) are totaled and considered as one part of the acceptance equation. (2) GPA--the student's GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate instruction. The GPA is multiplied by 300 to give an equal numerical value to the GRE (maximum value for this element is 1200). (3) Letters of reference--numerical values are assigned to seven factors included on the Student Evaluation Form. The scores from the two letters of reference are totaled and become the third part of the acceptance equation (maximum value for this element is 1400). The outcomes of the three elements are added and divided by 41 based on a numerical value of 100 as the preferred score. Applicants scoring 90 or above are automatically admitted to the Heritage Management program. Students scoring 80 to 90 are considered marginal and must undergo review by the Heritage Management faculty with careful consideration given to the applicant's career summary statement. Students scoring below 80 are unacceptable for admission to the program but may appeal the decision to the program director for further review or consideration of extenuating circumstances.

The Heritage Management program uses a variety of existing courses offered by various departments within the University to address individual educational and career goals. All students must develop competency in the core courses taught by selected members of the graduate faculty. (Competency is construed to mean an understanding of professional practices.)

A student majoring in the program must take at least 12 hours from the Heritage Management core curriculum, a minimum of 15 hours prescribed elective courses, 12 of elective graduate-level courses, plus 6 hours of thesis or internship. Required core courses for the program are MUSM 5327, 5331, HMGT 5324, 5327. (Internships are to be at locations approved by the student's advisory committee.) A total of 45 credit hours of graduate-level work is required for graduation. In addition, each student must pass a qualifying exam prior to beginning either the internship or thesis and must pass comprehensive written and oral exams at the conclusion of his or her studies. Students pursuing the thesis option must write and defend their thesis. The program is administered by the Executive Director of the Museum.

Following the first 9 credit hours of graduate study, each student's curriculum will be formalized through consultation with a graduate faculty advisory committee, consisting of at least three members, which reflects the student's area of emphasis. This degree plan will be approved by the program coordinator and the Executive Director of the Museum and will then be submitted to the Graduate School. When approved, it will serve as a tool for advising and review to assure completion of degree requirements.

A minor at the master's level in Heritage Management consists of 9 approved credit hours in the core curriculum; a minor at the doctoral level consists of 15 hours of Heritage Management courses of which at least 9 must be from the core curriculum.

Courses in Heritage Management. (HMGT)

5321. Park Management (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An intensive review of techniques and processes to instill an understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities associated with the care and management of cultural and natural heritage sites.

5324. Cultural Resource Management (3:3:0). An intensive course to develop core knowledge in the principles, methods, laws, stewardship, and governance of cultural heritage as a foundation for leadership in the heritage management field.

5327. Heritage Planning (3:3:0). An introduction to heritage planning issues with emphasis on the integration of related disciplines to attain environmentally sound and socially responsible preservation, interpretation, management, and development initiatives.

6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

6001. Internship (V1-6). Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy status. Internship carried out under the supervision of the student's major advisor. Internship at the Lubbock Lake Landmark or similar approved location to provide practical experience for the heritage management profession.

7000. Research (V1-12).

Program Courses

MUSM 5327. Museum Collection Management (3:2:3).

MUSM 5330. Museum Law, Ethics, and Standards (3:3:0).

MUSM 5331. Museum Interpretation and Communication (3:2:3).

MUSM 5340. Museum Data Management (3:1:6).

C S 5356. Advanced Database Management Systems (3:3:0).

MGT 5370. Organization and Management (3:3:0).

MKT 5360. Marketing Concepts and Strategies (3:3:0).

LAW 6025. Land Use Planning Law (3:3:0).

RHIM 5350. Advanced Travel and Tourism (3:3:0).

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