University of South Florida, Department of Anthropology
4202 E Fowler Ave SOC 107 Tampa FL 33620 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 813.974.2138
General Description / Special Programs

Anthropology is the comparative and global study of humanity in all its dimensions – past, present, and future. At USF, the principal sub-fields of anthropology - cultural, biological, archaeological and linguistic – are integrated through a commitment to practical applications that will understand the past and benefit contemporary and future societies.

We are committed to understanding global diversity through community-based, applied research that is holistic and interdisciplinary. As applied anthropologists, we study, design, and evaluate policies, programs, and outcomes that have real consequences. Our faculty and students engage in world-class innovative research throughout the Americas, Europe, and Africa. Our work addresses globalization, economic development, resource and health disparities, environmental remediation, diet and nutrition, community advocacy, heritage resource management, education, media, and communication.

With our special emphasis on Applied Anthropology, we teach students the skills needed to conduct effective analyses of human social phenomena at both the local and global levels, and we offer opportunities to develop and apply those skills through research, internships, and service learning in Tampa Bay and beyond. While providing rigorous training for undergraduate majors and both masters and doctoral students, we are also committed to bringing the unique insights of anthropology to large numbers of students in general education classes.

The USF Department of Anthropology is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community of students, staff, faculty, and alumni that: honors differences, provides equal opportunity, fosters mutual respect, challenges stereotyped preconceptions, and condemns all forms of discrimination and prejudice. We respect and appreciate the diversity of human experience differentiated by culture and circumstance, including those distinguished by race, ethnicity, ancestry, nationality, citizenship, language, age, gender, sexuality, disability, family status, socioeconomic background, political beliefs, and religion. These core principles compel us to make every effort to recruit and retain members of historically excluded groups that are underrepresented in our discipline, in our university, and in our community; and to make every effort to integrate meaningfully the experiences, histories, and perspectives of these groups into our curricular and co-curricular programs and learning environments. We therefore commit to developing and implementing strategic actions, as permitted by law and the regulations and policies of the University of South Florida, for achieving these goals and assessing annually our progress.

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Degrees Offered Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology, MA in Applied Anthropology, Dual PhD/MPH; Concurrent PhD/MPH; Concurrent MA/MPH
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
The BA major consists of 37 credit hours. The main sub-divisions are: biological, archaeology, cultural and linguistics. The BS major in Biomedical Anthropology consists of 40 credit hours.
MA/MS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements A bachelor's degree is required for admission into the MA program. The program consists of 24 credit hours of coursework, plus a minimum of 6 credits from internships and/or thesis, for a total of 30 credit hours. There are two required core courses for Masters students: ANG 6705 Foundations of Applied Anthropology and ANG 5486 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology. No substitutions are allowed for core requirements. Students have the option of earning an optional Concentration through 9-12 hours of coursework.
PhD Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Phd Requirements A master's degree in anthropology or a related field is a requirement of admission to the Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. program consists of credits of coursework, dissertation research/internship (3 credits minimum) and writing (3 credits minimum), for a minimum total of 42 credits beyond the Masters. There are two required core courses for Doctoral students: ANG 7938 Doctoral Proseminar in Applied Anthropology and ANG 7487 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Applied Anthropology. No substitutions are allowed for core requirements. Students have the option of earning an optional Concentration through 9-12 hours of coursework (information above). Ph.D. students who do not have a recent M.A. in Anthropology (within the past five years) are also required to take ANG 6705 Foundations of Applied Anthropology as a part of their core requirements.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

Many MA students carry out a one-semester internship under sponsorship of a public or private agency, an arrangement that is typically conducive to finding employment upon completion of research and the thesis.

Support Opportunities

The Department of Anthropology employs students as graduate assistants on a competitive basis to teach (TA), conduct research (RA), or carry out other relevant tasks that contribute to the student's professional development. The number of positions available is based on funding from the university and grants awarded to faculty. Additional funding opportunities include research grants and fellowships. 

Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Application Deadlines
MA and PhD students accepted for fall semester only; deadline to apply is December 15th.
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Graduate Student Organization Officers elected each fall; Undergraduate Anthropology Club President elected each fall
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0