General Description / Special Programs
The Applied Medical Anthropology Graduate Program works in conjunction with graduate program in Public Health at the UConn Health Center and the Center for Culture, Health, and Human Development in the School of Family Studies. The Old World Prehistoric Archaeology Graduate Program addresses ancient human behavior and evolution in Africa, the Near East, and Eurasia. The temporal context spans the Pleistocene, the early Holocene, and the mid-Holocene. Practical training is provided in zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, lithic technology, the human fossil record, human osteology, geoarchaeology, stable isotopes, taphonomy and quantitative methods. The Indigenous Studies and Historical Archaeology Graduate Program focuses upon Native American, African-American and Colonial peoples and their descendant communities in New England, the Atlantic Seaboard, and the broader Atlantic World. In addition to instruction in archaeological theory, method, and techniques, training is provided in historical archaeology and cultural resource management, pre-contact archaeology, ethnographic methods, ethnohistory, museum studies, indigenous studies, and cultural performance and representation. The Evolution, Cognition, and Culture Graduate Program applies evolutionary theory to answer questions about what it is to be human, focusing primarily upon issues of belief, perception, cooperation, conflict, and environmental adaptation. The Cultural & Historical Anthropology Graduate Program applies ethnographic and historical approaches to questions of cultural identity and nationalism, revitalization movements, ethnohistory, historical anthropology, historical archaeology, gender, indigenous and women's rights, human rights, democratization, globalization, medical anthropology, ethnomedicine, global health, environment, climate change, international migration, the politics of cultural representation, arts and media, and popular culture and mass consumption. The Native American Studies Undergraduate Program explores the history and culture of Native American peoples, and serves as a resource for cultural preservation and economic development.
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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA major
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
All majors must take the following courses: Anth 1000, 1006, or 1500 and Anth 2501, 2000, and 2502. Students must take at least one course in an ethnographic area (Anth 3021, 3022, 3023, 3025, 3026, 3027, 3028, 3029, 3030, 3038, 3041, 3042). Majors must take three additional upper division, non-ethnographic anthropology courses. To satisfy the writing in the major competency, all majors must pass at least one course above the 1000 level W course approved for this major. To fulfill the information literacy requirement, majors must take one of the following courses: Anth 3200, 3003, 3506W or 3004. In addition, Anthropology majors are required to choose four "related" courses that must be approved by your major adviser prior to enrollment.
MA/MS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements 24 credits and an examination, or 16 credits and a thesis. See the department's webpage for specific course requirements.
PhD Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Phd Requirements 1 year residence beyond the MA or its equivalent, 1 foreign language or at least 6 credits of advanced work in a supporting area, general examination, defense of dissertation, fieldwork normally expected.
Phd Specializations Applied Medical Anthropology, Cognitive and Psychological Anthropology, Ecology and Evolution, Globalization and Transnational Studies, Human Rights, New England Archaeology and Ethnohistory, Old World Prehistoric Archaeology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info <p>Applied research opportunities and internships are available through the Connecticut Children&#39;s Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, the Hispanic Health Council, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.</p>
Support Opportunities <p>Graduate: Teaching or research assistantships, predoctoral fellowships, funds for travel to professional meetings, and grants for summer and dissertation research.</p>
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>Microcomputer lab with text analysis, statistical, GIS and Microsoft Office software; HRAF microfiles, and archaeological laboratories</p>
Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
January 15th
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Lambda Alpha Honor Society, UConn Chapter
Anthropology Club Advisor: Natalie Munro
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1