Graduate Tracks

Upon initial matriculation all graduate students will enroll in the first of a series of core courses designed to expose students to major issues and contemporary thinking in the discipline’s four major subfields. One course per semester is offered. In addition, all graduate students, regardless of specific interests, must take a graduate level statistics course.

Beyond that, the Department of Anthropology encourages its graduate students to select one of five distinct tracks and offers a series of courses that will provide focus and direction for putting together a program of study. The Department of Anthropology requires that an individual take 9 credit hours to be considered a full-time student.

CORE COURSES (19 or 20 credits)

  • Anthropology 500: Language and Culture (3 cr)
  • Anthropology 503: Biological Anthropology (3 cr)
  • Anthropology 510: Theoretical Dimensions of Cultural Anthropology (3 cr)
  • Anthropology 555: Seminar in Archaeology (3 cr)
  • Anthropology 699: Research (4 cr)
  • Statistics 401: Statistical Methods for Research Workers (4 cr); English 510: Computer Methods for Language Study (3 cr – for students in the linguistics track only)

TRACK COURSES (6 credits, except for Applied Anthropology ~ 9 credits)


Culture Change and Applied Anthropology (Anthr 511) [3 cr]
Ethnographic Field Methods (Anthr 530) [3 cr]


Language in Society (Ling 514) or Linguistic Analysis (Ling 511) [3 cr]
Ethnographic Field Methods (Anthr 530) [3 cr]


Environmental Archaeology (Anthr 516) [3 cr]
Archaeological Laboratory Methods (Anthr 528) [ 3 cr]

Biological Anthropology

Skeletal Biology (Anthr 519) [3 cr]
Forensic Anthropology (Anthr 524) [3 cr]
Primate Behavior and Evolutionary Ecology (Anthr 538) [3 cr]

Applied Anthropology

Culture Change and Applied Anthropology (Anthr 511) [3 cr]
Development Anthropology (Anthr 536) [3 cr] or TBA
Ethnographic Field Methods (Anthr 530) [3 cr]

ELECTIVES (9 credits, except for Applied Anthropology ~ 6 credits)

  • Area studies: 3 credits (Student would select one of the department’s “peoples and cultures” courses)
  • Topical: 3 credits (Student would pick any one of the topical- or theory-based offerings
  • Outside department: 3 credits (Course normally would come from department or discipline from which outside committee member is chosen)


In addition, students are encouraged to develop areas of concentration outside the department — beyond the program’s required 3 credits. Examples include such areas as Sustainable Agriculture, Women’s Studies, Linguistics, or may come from the wide range of offerings from regular departments.