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

Colorado State University, Department of Anthropology and Geography
B216 Andrew G Clark Building Fort Collins CO 80523-1787 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 970.491.5447
Phone 2 +1 970.491.3791
General Description / Special Programs

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.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA; Geography BS
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Certificate Info Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies Certificate (undergraduate)
Certificate Field Areas
Museum Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements Thesis Plan A: minimum of 30 semester credits (including thesis); 16 credits must be graduate level; oral exam required. Portfolio Plan B: minimum of 36 semester credits; 16 credits must be graduate level; oral exam required.
MA/MS Specializations International Development, Health and Well-Being, Humans and the Environment, and Professional Methods and Techniques
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements MA in Anthropology, Geography, or related field. 42 hours of coursework, qualifying exam, dissertation based on field or lab work, and oral defense.
Phd Specializations The traditional subfields of Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology, in addition to Geography
Other Degree Field Areas
BS: Geography
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

Internships and practicum available with Archaeological Repository and faculty labs

Support Opportunities

Teaching assistantships (salary and tuition)

Program Details
Research Facilities

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.

Collections Archaeological Repository of Colorado State University; 19th Century Colorado Insane Asylum human skeletal collection; Eocene mammals from Big Horn Basin, Wyoming; Colorado State University comparative collection of North American Fauna
Certs Offered 0
Employees25 to 100
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Students can earn a major or a minor in anthropology.

Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info:
Anthropology Club Advisor: Dr. Andrew Du
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0