The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

General Description / Special Programs

B.A. in Anthropology: 48-credit major offers courses in all four sub-fields of anthropology. Major prepares students for a broad range of careers in which an understanding of human diversity and the human condition is necessary including careers in cultural resource management, ecology, non-government organizations, and many related fields. This program also prepares students for graduate study in anthropology or graduate training in other fields such as health care, education, law, museum studies, or business. Students gain hands-on research experience including in-depth experience in either archaeology or ethnography through the required field school sequence. With core courses and a variety of electives, students may acquire a liberal arts education or plan their own program for more specific career preparation.  18 credit minor also available. 

Master of Science in Cultural Resources Management Archaeology:  36 credit thesis and project-based options.  MS based in four-field anthropology, prepares students with the theoretical, legal, and ethical background, field and lab skills, and practical experience necessary to be successful professionals or pursue doctorate. Program includes seminars in CRM (2 semesters), archaeology, and biological or cultural anthropology; courses in technical writing, regional culture history; internships, field experiences. Students will develop the experience, confidence, and credentials required to work as principal investigators or managers for federal, state, or tribal historic preservation agencies, non-profit organizations and museums, private contracting firms, or as private consultants. Under certain circumstances, a synchronous distance option (NOT an online option) is possible.

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Degrees Offered BA Anthropology; Anthropology Minor; MS CRM Archaeology; CRM Archaeology Graduate Certificate
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
Certificate Info Graduate certificate in CRM Archaeology (18 credits)
Certificate Field Areas
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
48 credits, incl. fieldwork in archaeology or ethnography
MA/MS Field Areas
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements Thesis option: 36 credits including 6 credit internship and thesis defense; Non-thesis: 36 credits including 9 credit internship, culminating project defense
MA/MS Specializations Cultural Resources Management Archaeology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

10 hour/week graduate assistantships with tuition reimbursement and stipend are available.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Archaeology lab with lithic raw material comparative collection and Minnesota archaeology collections. Biological anthropology lab with human/primate evolution comparative collection, forensic anthropology/human osteology comparative collection, and faunal comparative collection. Douglas A. Birk Collection and Archives of Minnesota Archaeology.  Total station and GPS mapping equipment, access to 3D Visualization Lab. Reference library with journals, books, and regional CRM gray literature reports. University archives hold a varied teaching collection. 

Certs Offered 1
Employees1 to 25
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Introduction to Anthropology, World prehistory; Human Evolution; Medical Anthropology; Forensic anthropology;

Application Deadlines
For CRM Archaeology MS: March 15 - 1st Priority (Admission, GA & funding consideration) May 1 - 2nd Priority (Pending seat availability) Submissions after May 1 will result in delayed review with faculty conducting off campus fieldwork and research activities Aug. 10 - Final (Pending seat availability)
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Club organizes academic and social programs for Anthropology majors and other interested students.
Anthropology Club Advisor: Rob Mann
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0