General Description / Special Programs
The UCCS Department of Anthropology serves our students and community by promoting and advancing a nuanced understanding of human origins, history, and diversity. Integrating creative and robust research with outreach to students and the community though teaching and service, we provide our students with rich opportunities to learn and collaborate both in and out of the classroom. We focus on opportunities such as team teaching, interdisciplinary coursework, and integration into applied and hands-on research projects to give our students a well-rounded look at the human experience. Collectively, the members of the UCCS Department of Anthropology believe in a synergistic approach connecting our research, teaching, and service. We are engaged in strong interdisciplinary collaborations both within our department and with colleagues in several related fields, from psychology, geography, sociology, biology, and nursing to Women’s and Ethnic Studies, museum studies, theatre, and history. We offer a robust program integrating undergraduates into a broad array of applied anthropological work, from hands-on training in curation, preservation, public outreach, laboratory techniques, field methods, and cultural resource management to participation in local and international field schools, internships, and community-based research opportunities. The UCCS Department of Anthropology houses both the pioneering Center for Cognitive Archaeology, which offers coursework and other interdisciplinary initiatives in human cognition and evolution, and the Seyhan Dwelis Curation Facility, which provides curatorial support and collections management services throughout southern Colorado.
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Degrees Offered BA
Highest Degree Offered BA/BS
Certificate Info Certificate in Cognitive Archaeology available through the Center for Cognitive Archaeology at both BA and MA levels. See for more information.
BA/BS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
BA/BS Requirements
39-40 hours of within-major coursework, including 3 of 4 intro courses, one designated Methods course, one designated Integrative course, History and Theory of Anthropology, Senior Seminar or Senior Honors Thesis, and 18 credits of electives.
Experience Offered
Other Degree Field Areas
Cognitive Archaeology (certificate; BA or MA)
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info <p>We regularly offer various types of internships and research opportunities for students (in archaeology including agency and CRM settings as well as faculty research projects, museum studies, curation, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, human biology and health/reproduction/sexuality, and applied anthropology). Opportunities are posted on our website and the UCCS Anthropology Club Facebook page.</p>
Grants Or Funding UCCS holds grant competitions twice yearly for student-faculty research projects. Summer research internships are also available yearly.
Support Opportunities <p>We both offer and connect students to paid internships. We also offer paid research positions on occasion.</p>
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>The Center for Cognitive Archaeology offers online courses on various topics (see online courses). The Seyhan Dwelis Curation Facility houses various research collections (see below) and offers regular student research internships. The Biological Anthropology Research Lab houses equipment for research on human biology and health, including microscopes for parasitological research; portable machines for measuring fecal calprotectin, cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, and hemoglobin; devices for gathering anthropometric data; and accelerometers to collect data on physical activity and sleep. The Archaeology Technology Research Lab houses equipment for GIS recording and analysis, agent-based modeling, and 3D printing, as well as high-power trinocular scopes and a polarizing microscope. The Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology Research Lab offers computer stations for video, audio, and NVIVO analysis; A/V recording equipment for student projects; and a dedicated A/V interview room.</p>
Collections The Biological Anth Teaching Lab houses fossil casts representing Ardipithecus ramidus through modern Homo sapiens, as well as casts for teaching primatology, human osteology, skeletal biology, and forensic anthropology. The Historical Archaeology Teaching Lab holds late 19th- and early 20th-c teaching collections. The Seyhan Dwelis Curation Facility curates and manages artifacts from UCCS archaeological projects and other artifacts related to UCCS history, as well as collections from the Pikes Peak region and south-central and southeast Colorado. Major collections include: Crow's Roost, Jimmy Camp, US Air Force Academy, Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, and Cragmor Sanatorium, among others.
Certs Offered 1
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info: <p>Intro to Cultural Anth, Intro to Biological Anth, Intro to Archaeology, Women Around the World; Hormones and Behavior, Human Biology and Ecology, Evolutionary Medicine and Health, Primatology, Parasites in Human Evolution, Forensic Anth (hybrid--labs are in-person). Through the Center for Cognitive Archaeology: Neurocognition of Art; Evolution of Ritual and Religion; Rock Art and Modern Cognition; Consciousness; Wild Cognition; Symbolic Evolution; Embodied Cognition and Material Culture; Cognitive Evolution; Paleoneurology; Neandertal Cognition; Language Typology and Universals in Relation to Language Origins, Cognition, and Social Discourse; History of Cognitive Archaeology since 1969.</p>
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: UCCS Anthropology Club has a Facebook group. The Club sponsors various talks, site visits, field trips, information sessions, and other events.
Anthropology Club Advisor: Colin Wren
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1