For graduate students interested in combining their studies in anthropology with extensive formal work in other disciplines, the thesis option is recommended. Depending on the student's previous work in anthropology, the student may be allowed to develop a program of study that combines anthropology and an allied field. Persons interested in such a program are urged to send a written inquiry to the department. In addition to a general MA in Anthropology with emphasis on cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, or archaeology, there are MA Specializations in International Development, Health and Well-Being, Humans and the Environment, and Professional Methods and Techniques. The PhD in Anthropology focuses on space, place, and adaptation, allowing students to pursue research interests in the traditional subfields of anthropology from a geographical perspective.
Teaching assistantships (salary and tuition)
Outstanding departmental resources and research/instructional labs support the graduate and undergraduate programs. The Archaeological Repository of Colorado State University houses extensive collections of artifacts from northern Colorado, in particular the North and South Platte and Colorado River basins. Collections include prehistoric Native American and historic Euro-American artifacts. Repository also contains field notes, photographic materials, and original reports. Contact director Dr. Jason LaBelle for research permission. The archaeological labs include: the Archaeology lab supporting faculty and student research and training as well as the State Historical Fund of Colorado; the Center for Archaeology and Remote Sensing specializing in LiDAR and ArcGIS analyses and excavations of ongoing projects in Mexico and Honduras; the Center of Mountain and Plains Archaeology (CMPA) supporting research on late Pleistocene and historic Native American occupations of northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. CMPA houses mountain and alpine collections from ongoing projects in Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas as well as the Benedict Alpine Archive, including papers, notes and photographs from the late Dr. Jim Benedict and other alpine archaeologists. The biological anthropology labs include: the Human Osteology lab housing the 19th C. Colorado Insane Asylum human skeletal collection and specializing in the spatial analysis of late Pleistocene hominin distribution in Central Asia as well as hominin morphometrics; the Zooarchaeology lab supporting the analyses of gross and microscopic modern and fossil bone assemblages and experimental archaeology; the Primate Origins lab housing Eocene fossil collections from new localities in the Big Horn Basin, Wyoming, all material has Denver Museum of Nature and Science accession numbers; the 3D Imaging and Analysis Lab housing the Nanovea ST 400 confocal profilometer, the Sensofar S Neox 3D optical profilometer, and Dr. Salvatore Capaldo’s actualistic collection of human and carnivore modified bone collected through experimental and naturalistic observation in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro ecosystems of Tanzania. The cultural anthropology labs include: Ethnographic Research and Teaching lab training students and professionals in ethnographic methods applied to online and offline settings. The geography labs include: the Biogeography lab supporting research on forest dynamics and tree-ring analyses; the Geospatial lab supporting the use of GIS among College of Liberal Arts students; the Land Change Science and Remote Sensing lab focusing remote sensing and GIS tools to investigate land-cover and land-use changes.
Students can earn a major or a minor in anthropology.