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

University of Montana, Department of Anthropology
32 Campus Drive Social Science Building, Second Floor Missoula MT 59812 United States
Phone+1 406.243.2693
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General Description / Special Programs

The University of Montana Department of Anthropology provides a curriculum that will help students understand and appreciate the range of human cultures as well as the significance of biological evolution of the human condition. Through our undergraduate and graduate programs students not only achieve a broad cross-cultural education, but prepare to apply their anthropological knowledge in their chosen career paths. A minor, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered in anthropology, with options or specializations available at every level. For undergraduates, the B.A. can include an option in Archaeology, Cultural and Ethnic Diversity, Forensic Anthropology, Linguistics, or Medical Anthropology - or a general degree crafted to the interests of the student. Parallel missions to promote the student of human diversity and experience are advanced by the Linguistics Program, which is also housed in the Department. Additional offerings are certificates in Forensic Science and Historic Preservation; these certificates are interdisciplinary by nature, but are administered within the Anthropology Department.

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Tuition Info
Degrees Offered Anthropology BA, MA, PhDLinguistics MA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Certificate Info Forensic Studies, Historic Preservation
Certificate Field Areas
BA/BS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
BA/BS Requirements
Minimum of 36 anthropology credits to include 1 course in each of 4 fields (Intro to Soc/Cultural, Intro to Physical, Intro to Archaeology and Intro to Linguistics); 3 credits in methods, 3 credits in theory; 6 credits in (i) Human Adaptation and Diversity, (ii) World Societies and Cultures or (iii) Concepts and Issues; 12 elective credits. Plus 3 credits in an approved statistics course.
MA/MS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements Thirty units course work thesis option or 36 units course work non-thesis option, professional paper, skills, statistics required, midterm assessment.
MA/MS Specializations Cultural Heritage Option, Linguistics Option, Forensic Anthropology Option
PhD Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements For information, please visit our website:
Phd Specializations Cultural Heritage and Applied Anthropology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

Varies Internships are available.

Grants Or Funding Varies.
Support Opportunities

Graduate: Teaching Assistant Ships, Conference Travel Support

Program Details
Research Facilities

Extensive study collections of Northwest plains ethnological and archaeological materials, eHRAF, Northern Plains Ethnohistory Project, Salish linguistic studies, archaeology labs, ethnology lab, lexicography and computer linguistics lab, physical anthropology lab

Collections Welcome to the University of Montana’s Anthropological Collection Facility (UMACF). The facility houses collections of prehistoric and historic artifacts from archaeological sites across Montana and ethnographic collections from Northern Plains and Southwestern cultures accessioned for curation and use in teaching and/or research at the University of Montana. A primary mission of the UMACF is to create and facilitate an environment for research and learning. In order to support this primary goal, the facility will make its collections accessible to faculty, researchers, graduate students, culturally affiliated groups, and other qualified individuals.
Library Resources Mike and Maureen Mansfield Library
Certs Offered 1
Employees1 to 25
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Montana Anthropology Student Association (MASA) President - Emily Owens Vice President - Nikki Manning
Anthropology Club Advisor: Meradeth Snow
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1