New Mexico State University, Department of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology - NMSU MSC 3BV/Box 30001 Las Cruces NM United States
Phone+1 575.646.2725
Email pollyana@nmsu.edu
Email 2 raalexan@nmsu.edu
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General Description / Special Programs

Anthropology is the study of humankind, a multidisciplinary endeavor involving the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Anthropologists study the human species and the human condition in all its diversity. Anthropologists ask questions such as: "Who are we?" "Where did we come from?" "How did we get here?" "Why are we different from each other?" and, "How can we better understand each other?"

Studies in anthropology might focus, for example, on human paleontology, evolution, contemporary human health and biological variation, the culture of medicine and contemporary health systems, agriculture and foodways, historic archaeology of the Camino Real, Native American visual culture, Indigenous ways of knowing, gender and culture, or archaeology of the American Southwest and Mesoamerica.

Undergraduate education at New Mexico State University covers all four sub-disciplines of the field:

Biological Anthropology - the study of human origins, primate relatives, and human biological diversity

Archaeology - the study of the origin and change of the human past in both historic and prehistoric times, using material remains

Cultural Anthropology - the study of beliefs, values, shared understandings, traditions and modern practices of peoples from around the world

Linguistic Anthropology - the study of human language, linguistic diversity, and speech

The Anthropology M.A. program is designed for students who are interested in the traditional sub-disciplines of anthropology, as well as such related fields as cultural resource management, food studies, medical anthropology, museum studies, and social impact assessment. The program is directed both toward students who intend to take a terminal M.A. degree and students who intend, after NMSU, to enter a Ph.D. program. In addition to the M.A. in anthropology, our program also offers graduate minors in anthropology, archaeology, food studies, and Native American studies, as well as graduate certificates in cultural resource management and museum studies.

We offer field schools in archaeology and archaeological mapping, training in ethnographic field methods and community service learning

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Tuition Info
https://uar.nmsu.edu/tuition-fees/tuition-rates/
Degrees
Degrees Offered Anthropology MA, BA major
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
Certificate Info Graduate certificates in Museum Studies and Cultural Resource Management, 18 credits, may be earned concurrently with MA or stand alone. Graduate Certificates available in related departments include a Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Certificate Field Areas
CRM
Museum Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Anthropology
Applied Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
BA/BS Requirements
36 credit hours with 18 in core classes
MA/MS Field Areas
Anthropology
Applied Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
Experience Offered
Field Work
Internship
MA/MS
MA/ MS Requirements MA can be achieved by following either thesis or non-thesis track, 33 credit hours of coursework plus 6 credit hours of thesis or internship.
MA/MS Specializations Graduate minors offered in food studies, Native American studies. Graduate minor in Geographic Information Technology and Science (GIS&T) offered through Dept. of Geography.
Other Degree Field Areas
BA level - undergraduate minors (18 credits) in Anthropology, Archaeology, Native American Studies, Religious Studies, and Sustainable Development MA level -- Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies and Graduate Certificate in Cultural Resource Management; graduate minors (9 credits) in Native American Studies, Food Studies Graduate minors available in other departments include Geographic Information Systems.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

Internships are arranged on an individual basis with federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, and local museums.

Support Opportunities

Graduate: 10-hr/week teaching assistantships available, NMSU Graduate School assistantships and tuition scholarships (competitive) available. In-state tuition available as part of Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) to students resident in WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). Descubre - tuition discount for students who are residents of Mexico. Undergraduate: NM high school lottery scholarships, Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) tuition discount for students from resident in WICHE (Western Internstate Commission for Higher Education)states. Descubre Program - tuition discount for student who are residents of Mexico. Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarships (Society for American Archaeology) for undergraduate female NM residents Archaeology focus.

Program Details
Research Facilities

New Mexico State University Museum, https://univmuseum.nmsu.edu/

Prehistoric and historic Southwestern collections. 

Laboratories for research in archaeology and physical anthropology, quantitative laboratory, qualitative data analysis laboratory, and opportunities for applied work in local area.

Collections University Museum collections in Southwestern archaeology and ethnography, teaching collections in biological anthropology.
Library Resources NMSU Library, Archives and Special Collections with strengths in Latin America, Borderlands Studies, and the colonial, postcolonial, and contemporary periods of New Mexico and the American Southwest. https://library.nmsu.edu/
Certs Offered 1
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Contacts
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Covid-19 Emergency - 85% of graduate and undergraduate course offerings are online, with hybrid and face to face courses that permit interactive and field based learning.

BA and MA Programs are not 'online programs'.

Application Deadlines
February 15 for Fall; Oct 15 for Spring
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Graduate Students' Organization of Anthropologists and Lambda Alpha Chapter Undergraduate Anthropology Organization
Anthropology Club Advisor: Lois Stanford (graduate); Kelly Jenks (undergraduate)
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1