General Description / Special Programs
Our graduate program emphasizes the anthropology of health and complex societies of Native Americans. Anthropology of health faculty take a biocultural approach to health and illness, with experience in cross-cultural comparisons, culture change and lifestyle influences on health, and paleopathology. Our archaeological faculty has experience in the study of the origins and evolution of complex societies, the role of religion in the development of stratification, ecology and warfare.
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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Certificate Field Areas
Museum Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
MA/MS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements 30 credits (36 for nonthesis option); a comprehensive written exam; reading knowledge of one foreign language or demonstration of a research skill such as statistics; thesis prospectus presentation and colloquium.
PhD Field Areas
Phd Requirements 48 credits, with no more than 24 transferred from an MA program; reading knowledge of one foreign language appropriate to dissertation topic; 3 credit hours of quantitative research skills beyond the MA level; 2 core courses in either the archaeology or medical tracks; preliminary examination taken prior to undertaking dissertation research; 6 to 12 months of ethnographic or archaeological field work; dissertation presentation and defense.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities Graduate: 20 teaching assistantships $14,337 plus tuition, Graduate Council Fellowship
Program Details
Research Facilities Our association with the College of Community Health Sciences and the Capstone Medical Center provides numerous opportunities for clinically and community health-oriented research. The complex Mississippian site of Moundville is curated by the University of Alabama Museums and maintains an extensive southeastern ceramic and lithic collection. The Laboratory for Human Osteology supports a sizable skeletal collection focusing on southeastern prehistorical and historical populations.
Certs Offered 1
  • Matthew Gage
    Primary Contact
    Director,Director Office of Archaeological Research,Office of Archaeological Research,U Alabama Museums
University of Alabama Museums, Office of Archaeological Services; See also UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA MUSEUMS
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Anthro Club, Alex Sents, Pres
Anthropology Club Advisor: Dr. Katherine Chiou
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1