Industrial Archaeology—MS

Work with communities to interpret, document, educate citizens, and answer significant historical questions that pertain to industrialization and its consequences. Industrial archaeologists study the physical remains of industrial societies—including artifacts, systems, sites, documents, traditions, and landscapes—within their cultural, ecological, and historical contexts.

What you’ll work on.

The industrial archaeology program positions you to work at a cultural resource management firm, an archive or museum, for government agencies like the park or forest service, or for non-profit heritage organizations. The master’s degree program equips students with professional skills such as documentation, archival research, archaeological techniques, and spatial analysis. 

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural History
  • Industrial Communities

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Who you’ll work with.

Work with upper Midwest national park and cultural resource managers to document industrial change on an island—and national park—in the middle of Lake Superior. Engage in real-world projects with Pullman National Monument staff. Connect with interdisciplinary faculty to work on research with important implications for rural communities.

Faculty Spotlight

LouAnn Wurst

LouAnn Wurst
Industrial Archaeology

“Industrial archaeology provides a critical lens into the material realities of everyday life that connects the industrial past to present conditions.”

Industrial archaeology is about more than excavating logging or mining camps; the Field explores issues such as class and inequality, historic preservation and cultural resource management in a rapidly changing world, and how political and economic systems exert power on industries and their employees.

Where you’ll work.

Dive into the program with summer field school prior to your first fall semester. You can plan on excavating housing and industrial facilities in Michigan’s spectacular Upper Peninsula. Understand the historical labor union clashes while working with management at Keweenaw National Historical Park. The newly renovated industrial archaeology lab on campus is outfitted with everything you’ll need to delve deeper into historical archaeological analysis.