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So I'm having trouble figuring out how narrow my interests need to be before I apply to grad school.

Some background: I'm aiming to apply to an anthropology Master's program that begins this fall (super quick, I know. Long story), at the same school I got my B.A. in 2014. The program has a focus on cultural resource management (CRM), and it's a terminal Master's. I've worked as an archaeology tech with a government agency for two seasons, going on three, so I know I want to do CRM. I'm also interested in historic archaeology of the American West, and have some interest in public archaeology.

One of my profs told me my interests needed to be narrowed down some. Being new to this whole grad school application thing, I didn't realize my interests needed to be narrower before I even started. I'm not even sure what that should look like for me.

Does anyone have an examples of what their narrowed interests look like? For instance, if I'm interested in historic archaeology of the American West, would a narrower interest be something like historic mining/extractive industries? Does there need to be more to it than that?

Right now I sort of want to scream. I'd ask my profs about this, but it's Saturday, so....

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 I'm guessing the prof was concerned because you listed three different areas (historic archaeology, public archaeology, and CRM). You really only need to write about your interest in one of these for your application, focusing on why you want to study it and how that program will help you do so. Good luck!

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Thank you, rising_star. I met with one of my other profs today (the one I'm closest to and first discussed this program with) and he helped clear up my confusion.

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