General Description / Special Programs

The department offers an integrative, four-field approach to anthropology. At the BA and MA levels, students must demonstrate mastery of all four subfields. At the Ph.D. level, students are encouraged to specialize in one or two subfields, while maintaining competency in all four. For PhD students, publication, pedagogy, and professionalization are emphasized. Graduate programs are designed to provide students with the professional skills required to obtain academic or non-academic employment. Original research and opportunities are stressed at all levels

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Tuition Info
Undergraduate tuition (to 12 hours) Resident $154/credit hour, Non-resident $639/credit hour, Graduate $299/credit hour, Nonresident $894/credit hour. Fees (mandatory and computer)
Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Certificate Field Areas
Museum Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
36 hour major, covering 4 fields, 3 semesters foreign language, statistics
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements 26 semester hours, thesis, (Plan A); or 30 semester hours, paper (Plan B); core course in each of the four subfields, proposal presentation, prospectus, 3 semesters foreign language, statistics
MA/MS Specializations Plains, Rocky Mountains, Paleoindians, hunter-gatherer archaeology, biological anthropology, paleoanthropology, bioarchaeology, cultural, environmental, ethnohistory, medical anthropology
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements Original research, dissertation, internship, stand-alone teaching, prelims, 3 semesters foreign language, statistics
Phd Specializations Plains, Rocky Mountains, Paleoindians, hunter-gatherer archaeology, bioarchaeology, cultural anthropology, Native Americans, ethnohistory, medical anthropology, environmental anthropology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

Available through the Anthropology Museum. SHPO Cultural Records Office, UW Archaeological Repository, State Archaeologist, and with individual faculty members

Grants Or Funding 9 assistantships ($12,078 academic year for Masters students; $16,785 academic year for PhD students)
Support Opportunities

Funding for student research and travel available through department, the Frison Institute and through Wyoming and Colorado avocational societies, and on campus. UW offers competitive grants for international travel and research. Funded research with faculty and staff, employment with affiliated state agencies, editorial assistant positions.

Program Details
Research Facilities

State-of-the-art building housing a museum, classrooms, and labs for all subfields. The George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study of North American, High Plains, and Rocky Mountain prehistory and culture. Museum, UW Archaeological Repository, SHPO Cultural Records, Comparative osteology and zooarchaeological laboratory.

Library Resources Frison Institute Library, incorporating portions of the personal libraries of several distinguished anthropologists.

Occasional Papers on Wyoming Archaeology, Technical Reports, Wyoming Contributions to Anthropology

Misc Information Editorial offices of the journals American Antiquity, Plains Anthropologist, Reviews in Anthropology
Certs Offered 1
Cooperative agreements with the State Archaeologist's Office and the SHPO Cultural Records Office. Member, Newberry Consortium for American Indian Studies. Memoranda of Understanding with National University of la Plata, Shanghai University, and the University of Zagreb.
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Limited undergraduate course offerings through Outreach

Application Deadlines
December 1 for PhD, February 1 for MA
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Open to undergraduate students
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0