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

University of Massachusetts, Boston, Department of Anthropology
100 Morrissey Blvd Boston MA 02125-3393 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 617.287.6851
General Description / Special Programs

Primary department interests in colonialism, indigeneity, African Diaspora, urbanism, globalization, environmental anthropology, immigration, identity, and critical heritage. Core geographical focus is the Americas, with additional specialties in Africa, the Pacific, Iceland, China, and Southeast Asia. Summer archaeological fieldwork opportunities in New England, the American Southwest, Belize, and Iceland. MA program in Historical Archaeology draws on Department and Fiske Center personnel to focus on historical development of the Americas and the North Atlantic, focusing on the interactions among colonists, indigenous people, African Diasporic peoples, immigrants, and their physical environments, material lives, and identities. Strong placement record of MA graduates in employment and PhD programs.

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Degrees Offered Historical Archaeology MA, Anthropology BA major/minor, Minor in Environmental Anthropology, Minor in Native American & Indigenous Studies.
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
33 credits, with 3 introductory and 8 advanced courses, including at least one course each in methodology, area studies, comparative analysis, theory, and senior capstone seminar. Research experience available in both field and laboratory settings.
MA/MS Field Areas
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements 8 courses plus field school and thesis
MA/MS Specializations Historical Archaeology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Grad assistantships with tuition waiver, for 9-month academic year

Program Details
Research Facilities

The Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research; fully equipped wet labs and type collections in historical archaeology, zooarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, conservation, remote sensing and geophysics, Geographic Information Systems, and biological anthropology

Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Usually 7-8 courses per semester, including introductory and some upper-division offerings. Online Anthropology minor possible.

Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: The Anthropology Club organizes social and professional activities for undergraduate majors and interested students, and the Society of Graduate Archaeologists does the same for historical archaeology graduate students. In 2019, the graduate students also founded the C.A.R.E. (Community, Anti-Racist, Respect, and Engagement) Inclusivity Committee. Lambda Alpha Honor Society available for undergraduates.
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1