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

General Description / Special Programs

We are a three field department offering degrees in general anthropology with concentrations in natural sciences and social sciences at the undergraduate level. For non-majors, the department offers minors in archaeology, cultural anthropology, and forensic anthropology. The MA program awards a degree in general anthropology with opportunities to specialize in cultural anthropology, archaeology, or biological anthropology with thesis and non-thesis options. For particular topics (e.g., history and anthropology, ecological anthropology) and for particular regions, see faculty listings above. Undergraduate and graduate internship programs provide students practical work experience applying anthropology to solve real world problems.

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Degrees Offered MA in Anthropology; BA and BS in Anthropology; BA/MA in Anthropology; Minors in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology
Highest Degree Offered MA
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
36 credit hours in the major including Anthropology 508 History of Anthropological Theory. UG minors in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Forensic Anthropology, require 21 credit hours.
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements The MA program offers a thesis or non-thesis (internship) option. The MA degree requires a total of 30 credit hours, including 9 credit hours of core seminars, 15 credit hours of topical electives and 6 credit hours of either thesis or internship.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

A variety of merit-based, unpaid internships are available. Small stipend available.

Support Opportunities

Annual travel award for overseas study and research

Program Details
Research Facilities

The Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage has the second largest collection in the state of Kentucky and makes available diverse research and training opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students. The department participates in interdisciplinary programs in Asian Studies, Global Public Health, Latin American and Latino Studies, Middle East & Islamic Studies, Pan-African Studies, Sustainability, and Women's & Gender Studies.

Certs Offered 0
Employees1 to 25
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

"All of our introductory level courses are offered online. Several additional upper level courses are also available online.”

Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Anthropology Student Association; Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology Eta Chapter of Kentucky
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1