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Wichita State University, Department of Anthropology
1845 Fairmount Street #114 Neff Hall Wichita KS 67260 United States
Phone+1 316.978.3195
General Description / Special Programs

The program offers course work and experience in archaeological, biological, socio-cultural, linguistic and applied anthropology for undergraduate and graduate (MA) students. Great Plains archaeology field and research opportunities; archaeological residue analysis; training in GIS and ArcGIS; general field technique. Forensic anthropology and human identification, taphonomy, burn investigation, human osteology and morphology research, recording protocols, research and field (Skeleton Acres Research Facility (SARF)), mortuary anthropology, historical demography, quantitative and qualitative analysis. North American ethnograhy, psychological, political, economic anthropology. Anthropological method & theory, history of anthropology.

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Tuition Info
Degrees Offered Anthropology MA, BA Major and Field Major
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
Certificate Info The Museum Studies certificate program consists of 15 credit hours. To complete with the certificate program, students will take the following management based courses: Anthropology 606 Museum Methods, Anthropology 607 Museum Exhibition, History 703 Museum Admin., Public Administration 870 Fundraising and Management. The certificate also requires 3 credit hours of practice: Art History 540A Concepts in Creative Industries: Planning and Preparatorship, Art History 540 B Concepts in Creative Industries: Research and Interpretation, Art History 540C Concepts in Creative Industries: Audience and Outreach, Art History 540D Concepts in Creative Industries: Funding and Promotion, Public Administration 725 Human Resource Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, History 701 Introduction to Public History, Hours or Internship/Independent Study.
Certificate Field Areas
Museum Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
30 credit hours of anthropology not limited to but must include Anthropology 101 (Biological), 102 (Cultural), and 103 (Archaeological), followed by at least 1 upper level course in each major subdivision and Anthropology 647
MA/MS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements Admission to the MA Program requires a BA or BS which includes a minimum of 15 semester hours in anthropology, including a course in history and theory, archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and statistics. A GPA of 3.250 or better within the last 60 credit hours is also required for full admission. The MA Program offers three track options: (1) Thesis ; (2) Project; (3) Internship. Track 1 requires a comprehensive exam. All tracks require 36 credits, an oral defense, and a written final thesis/project. Up to 12 credits from related disciplines may be counted toward the degree with written approval of the student’s MA committee. Graduate coursework must include 3 core courses, 2 seminars, and 2 colloquia in anthropology.
MA/MS Specializations Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Socio-Cultural Anthropology
Other Degree Field Areas
Archaeology of Food (BA and MA), Human Variation (BA and MA)
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Grants Or Funding Federal grant activities (curation and field/lab work)
Support Opportunities

Undergraduate Students: 7 Scholarships, Work Study and Assistantships Graduate Students: 3 Department GTA’s, 1 Urban Archaeologist, 1 Student Museum Registrar, 2 Graduate Fellowships, Various Graduate Research Support, 9 Graduate Research Assistantships, 1 SARF Field Station Assistantship, and Work Study.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Active Archaeology labs with major research collections from the Plains and Southwest U.S.; Ceramics Lab; CRM and Zoo-Archaeology Lab; GPS/GIS Lab, Field Equipment, and ARCGIS Software; Biological Anthropology Lab (WSU-BAL) including Human and Non-Human Osteology Collections, fossil cast collection, radiograph collection, measuring equipment, digitizer, electronic data Bases; Skeleton Acres Research Facility, Forensic Research and Training Facility; Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology; Ethnographic Collections; Asmat Wood Carvings; Southwest Pottery; “Virtual” On-Line Museum Exhibits; Visual Anthropology Lab

Collections Yes
Library Resources Ablah Library, Anthropology Student Reading Facility

Student Publications: Lambda Alpha Journal and Anthropology Department Newsletter

Misc Information Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society, student led organization, Advisor: Peer H. Moore-Jansen
Certs Offered 1
Employees1 to 25
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

ANTH 102 (Cultural Anthropology), ANTH 103 (Intro to Archaeology), ANTH 327 (Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion), ANTH 397AC (Indiana Jones Redux), ANTH 397AF (Anthropology of Aging)

Application Deadlines
Ongoing; Admit students for Spring and Fall Semesters
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: WSU Anthropology Club, student led organization
Anthropology Club Advisor: Janice Daugherty
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1