General Description / Special Programs
The Department of Anthropology at UAF is the only anthropology program in the United States that maintains a holistic approach to circumpolar studies, providing instruction and research in all aspects of northern anthropology, with an emphasis on the Circumpolar North, but also including other regions (Africa, Latin America, Japan, South Asia). We publish an internationally recognized, refereed journal, the Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska. We have more than 75 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students, and serve over 900 students per year. The department offers approximately 40 courses each year.
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Degrees
Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA/BS major/minor
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
BA: 120 credits; BS: 130 credits
MA/MS Field Areas
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
MA/MS
MA/ MS Requirements 30 credits (24 credit hours of coursework), comprehensive examination, one foreign language or research tool, thesis.
PhD Field Areas
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd
Phd Requirements The focus of the program is primarily on the archaeological, biological, sociocultural, and linguistic anthropology of the North, although other regional emphases are possible. Coursework in anthropology and related disciplines as determined by the advisory committee, at least three full years of study beyond the baccalaureate degree, minimum 18 credit hours of thesis, one foreign language and a research tool or two foreign languages, comprehensive exams, thesis, thesis defense.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities 14 graduate teaching assistantships which include a tuition waiver. Student research support is available through the Otto S. Geist Fund, the Henry B. Collins Fund, The Harvey Shields Fellowship in Archaeology, and other university-wide funds as well as faculty (grant) supported student research assistantships.
Program Details
Research Facilities The department houses a number of labs, including: archaeology, GIS/CAD, human osteology and human evolution, digital ethnography (for linguistic and visual anthropology), medical anthropology (for socio-behavioral health research), molecular anthropology (standard and real-time PCR), dry prep lab for isotope/element/aDNA samples, zooarchaeology (extensive arctic and subarctic comparative faunal collection). Outside the department, there are ethnographic, archaeological, and other anthropological collections at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, extensive relevant holdings in the Rasmuson Library (including Alaska and Polar Region collections and oral history archives), Institute of Arctic Biology, Alaska Quaternary Center, Center for Global Change, and the Alaska Native Language Center.
Publications Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska (General Editor, Ben Potter) www.uaf.edu/apua/
Misc Information Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/uafanthro/
Certs Offered 0
Contacts
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Application Deadlines
Fall Graduate Student Applications (with financial aid): 15 January. Spring Graduate Student Applications (no department funding for mid-year applicants): October 1st.
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: UAF Anthropology Club Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/anthropologysocietyuaf/
Anthropology Club Advisor: Robin Shoaps
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0