University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Department of Anthropology
3413 North Downer Avenue Milwaukee WI 53201 United States
Phone+1 414.229.4175
General Description / Special Programs

Our department hosts a vibrant community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and scholars. We offer B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, as well as interdisciplinary certificates in Forensic Science, Digital Cultures, and Museum Studies. Many of our programs reach beyond campus – from The Milwaukee Public Museum, to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, and the Medical College of Wisconsin.As a field science, we offer field schools that enable students to experience anthropological research. In addition, our department houses a successful Cultural Resource Management (CRM) program and curates one of the largest archaeologically recovered skeletal collections in the U.S. Graduates from our programs have found employment in the nonprofit and government sectors as well as in business and academia.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MS, BA major, minor, Accelerated B.A./M.S.
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Certificate Field Areas
Museum Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Students majoring in anthropology can select from a wide variety of courses organized under three subfields: Sociocultural Anthropology Archaeology Biological Anthropology Although majors take some coursework in each of the three subfields, they are encouraged to shape their own programs to meet individual needs and interests. Students majoring in anthropology must earn a GPA of 2.0 or better in anthropology courses attempted at UWM. In addition, the College of Letters and Science requires that students attain a 2.0 or better GPA in all anthropology courses attempted, including any transfer work. The major in anthropology requires 36 credits within the department. At least 15 credits in advanced-level courses (numbered 300 or above) must be taken in residence at UWM.
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements Overall grade point of 3.00 (4.00 basis), equivalent of major in anthropology, 30 credits plus thesis and oral exam (defense of thesis). Required courses: three core courses (biological/physical, archaeology, sociocultural), two methods courses, and one advanced seminar.
MA/MS Specializations Museum Studies
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements (1) 54 graduate credits beyond bachelor's degree, at least 27 of which must be earned in residence. (2) Mastery of general theory in anthropology. (3) Three required core courses in biological/physical, archaeology and sociocultural anthropology, or equivalent coursework at graduate level, plus an advanced seminar in the student's subfield. (4) Any special skill or language requirement and the time of its fulfillment is determined and attested to by the student's advising committee. (5) Successful completion of Comprehensive Preliminary Exam, based on student's dissertation interests, broadly defined. (6) A research proposal suitable for funding. (7) Field or laboratory research. (8) A dissertation based on research of acceptable quality, duration and scope. (9) A final oral exam (defense of the dissertation).
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info <p>UROP, Medical Examiners Office</p>
Grants Or Funding
Support Opportunities <p>Graduate: Fellowships, scholarships, research and teaching assistantships ranging from $500 to $16,750 are available to qualified applicants via Department or university-wide competitions</p>
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>Archaeological Research Laboratory, UWM Cultural Resource Management Program, Center for Celtic Studies, Center for Forensic Sciences, Digital Cultures Collaboratory, Biological/Physical Anthropology Laboratory, Human Relations Area Files Access, Paleoethnobotany Lab, and XRF Lab.</p>
Publications <p>Fieldnotes, a peer-review graduate student journal.</p>
Certs Offered 1
Employees25 to 100
Milwaukee Public Museum Wisconsin Crime Lab Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office Medical College of Wisconsin
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info: <p>Anth 101 (Intro to Anth); Anth 102 (Culture and Society); Anth 103 (Digging Up the Past); Anth 104 (Survey of World Societies); Anth 213 (Indian Peoples of Wisconsin); Anth 214 (Ancient Civilizations of Latin America); Anth 225 (The Aztec Empire); Anth 304 (Violence and Warfare in Prehistory); Anth 309 (Archaeology of Central and South America); Anth 305 (The Celtic World); Anth 313 (Archaeology of the American Southwest); Anth 446 (Child in Different Cultures); Anth 568 (Anthropological Statistics)</p>
Application Deadlines
For Fall admission: January 15; For Spring admission: September 15
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Anthropology Students meet in Sabin Hall; President: Alannah Ray (
Anthropology Club Advisor: Alannah Ray,
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1