The graduate in archaeology has the skills and insights to build a career in governmental organizations, cultural resource management (CRM), historical preservation, law, public education, and museum curation. Many questions that we have about the future can be addressed by investigating archaeological evidence of the past.
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The archaeology program at CSU provides students with opportunities to learn through experience and mentorship. As a result, our graduates have followed paths to successful careers in non-academic and academic fields.
“When I came to Colorado State University in the fall of 2011, I was chosen to work with the Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology (CMPA) through the Honors Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Under the supervision of Dr. Jason LaBelle, I participated in high elevation archaeology projects on Rollins Pass and was a crewmember at Chimney Hollow Open Space, Roberts Ranch, and Fossil Creek Wetlands Area. When I was not in the field, I could usually be found in the basement of Clark A-wing collecting data in the Archaeological Repository. I often joked that I lived in the laboratory, and at times, this statement wasn’t far from the truth, but I was driven by the prospect of discovery and learning.”
– Ashley Goodfellow (Packard) BA’15, Archaeology Technician, Cultural Surveys Hawaii, Inc.
“Without question my time at CSU helped get me where I am today. There are many people in the department to thank for that but first and foremost is Dr. Jason LaBelle whose mentorship, guidance, and friendship was a driving force that challenged me to become a better archaeologist and anthropologist. Jason helped to open many doors, including working with the public, giving public and professional presentations, and helping to mentor and train undergraduate students volunteering in the CMPA lab as well as on my thesis research. I will always treasurer my time in the department and the many friends I made along the way. My advice to current students, both graduate and undergraduate, is to take ownership of your education. Get involved, seek out ways to volunteer for different projects or in different labs, explore your career, and take advantage of the many opportunities available to you at CSU. Your time to be free, to explore new ideas, to sit down and read a journal article, or sit in the lab and debate a variety of topics with your peers is precious and fleeting; take advantage of this time and become an active participant in your education.”
– Chris Johnston MA’16, Operations Director, Paleocultural Research Group