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

General Description / Special Programs

Anthropology at UK offers graduate training in three subdisciplines of anthropology: archaeology, cultural, and biological. We train students to become professional anthropologists who can engage in both academic and non-academic settings, with strong foundations in theoretical and substantive areas. Faculty teaching and research interests have coalesced around contemporary themes in anthropological and social science traditions, including medical anthropology, political-economy, ecological approaches, economic anthropology, power and identity, gender, social organization, transnational systems, and cultural complexity. Faculty from all three sub-disciplines engage in discussions across these themes, with the outcome that the department promotes, in the great anthropological tradition, a holistic approach to examining the human experience.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA major
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
MA/MS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements The degree completion requires 30 credits of coursework. The MA degree requires a written report based on the practicum. The report is written with the guidance of a committee of three faculty members. At the center of the MA Degree, the Practicum provides practical, hands-on experience in applied anthropology. The final examination for the Masters degree is an oral presentation of the practicum project at the annual departmental practicum colloquium. There is no foreign language requirement for the Masters degree in Applied Anthropology. The department also offers a five-year combined BA/MA degree program, through the University Scholars Program, for eligible undergraduate majors.
PhD Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Phd Requirements The PhD program in Anthropology consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, plus a minimum of two semesters of ANT 767. Students must fulfill any and all other requirements of the Graduate School. Course requirements in the PhD program consist of History of Theory, a theory and a methods course in the student’s designated sub-discipline, Research Design, an approved statistics course, and 21 hours of additional coursework (of which at least 1 course must be in an anthropological sub-discipline other than the student’s designated sub-discipline). Demonstrated competence in reading or speaking one or more languages may be required by the student's committee. A combined MA/PhD track is also available for qualified students, with committee approval.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Graduate: 17 teaching assistantships, up to 3 research assistantships, various traineeships are available in medical behavioral science, gerontology and cultural resource management, one fellowship

Program Details
Research Facilities

Anthropology cooperates with the Dept of Behavioral Science, the College of Medicine, Center for Rural Health, and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey emphasizing applied anthropology and field research experience. Applied anthropology work/study projects in the areas of cultural resource management, medical anthropology, agricultural development, educational anthropology and community development are frequently available. Anthropology museum holds extensive materials excavated from prehistoric sites in the region, plus photographs of central Kentucky archaeological excavations. The Office of State Archaeologist maintains an inventory of Kentucky archaeological resources and grants permits for work on state, county, and municipal owned lands. Applied Anthropologist Documentation Project collection and HRAF microfiche available in library.


Latin American Antiquity, Christopher Pool, co-editor, eds.; La Tinaja: A Newsletter for Archaeological Ceramics, Christopher Pool and A. Gwynn Henderson; Anthropology of Work Review, Sarah Lyon

Certs Offered 0
  • George Crothers
    Primary Contact
    Associate Professor,Director and Associate Professor,Director of WS Webb Museum of Anthropology and Office of State Archaeology
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Summer online courses offered: ANT 101 What Makes Us Human? ANT 103 Sports, Culture, and Society ANT 105 Human Origins ANT 160 Cultural Diversity in the Modern World ANT 221 Native People of North America ANT 311 Anthropology of Globalization ANT 326 Contemporary African Lives

Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Anthropology Graduate Student Association President: Ana Temkina; Anthropology Undergraduate Student Club (UKAC) President: Audrey Keith.
Anthropology Club Advisor: Dr. Shannon Plank
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1