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

New Mexico State University, Department of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology - NMSU MSC 3BV/Box 30001 Las Cruces NM 88003 United States
Phone+1 575.646.2725
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General Description / Special Programs

Anthropology is the study of humankind, a multidisciplinary endeavor involving the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Anthropologists study the human species and the human condition in all its diversity. Anthropologists ask questions such as: Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here? Why are we different from each other? and, How can we better understand each other? Studies in anthropology might focus, for example, on contemporary human health and biological variation, the culture of medicine and contemporary health systems, agriculture and foodways, historic archaeology of the Camino Real, the US Mexico Transborder region, gender and culture, or archaeology of the American Southwest and Mesoamerica. Undergraduate education at New Mexico State University covers multiple subdisciplines of the field: Biological Anthropology - the study of human origins, primate relatives, and human biological diversity, Archaeology -he study of the origin and change of the human past in both historic and prehistoric times, using material remains, and Cultural Anthropology - the study of beliefs, values, shared understandings, traditions and modern practices of peoples from around the world. The Anthropology M.A. program is designed for students who are interested in the traditional sub-disciplines of anthropology, as well as such related fields as cultural resource management, food studies, medical anthropology, museum studies, and human health and biological variation. The program is directed both toward students who intend to take a terminal M.A. degree and students who intend, after NMSU, to enter a Ph.D. program. In addition to the M.A. in anthropology, our program also offers graduate minors in anthropology, archaeology, and food studies, as well as graduate certificates in cultural resource management and museum studies. We offer field schools in archaeology and archaeological mapping, training in ethnographic field methods and community service learning.

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Tuition Info
Degrees Offered Anthropology MA, BA major
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
Certificate Info Graduate certificates in Museum Studies and Cultural Resource Management, 18 credits, may be earned concurrently with MA or stand alone. Graduate Certificates available in related departments include a Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Certificate Field Areas
Museum Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
BA/BS Requirements
36 credit hours with 15 in core classes Optional concentration in Culture and Language (supports study abroad).
MA/MS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements MA can be achieved by following either thesis or non-thesis track, 33 credit hours of coursework plus 6 credit hours of thesis or internship.
MA/MS Specializations Graduate minor offered in food studies. Graduate Certificate in Cultural Resource Management Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies Graduate minor in Geographic Information Technology and Science (GIS&T) offered through Dept. of Geography.
Other Degree Field Areas
BA level - undergraduate minors (18 credits) in Anthropology, Archaeology, Medical Anthropology, Religious Studies, and Sustainable Development MA level -- Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies and Graduate Certificate in Cultural Resource Management; graduate minor (9 credits) in Food Studies Graduate minors available in other departments include Geographic Information Systems.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info


Internships are arranged in consultation with faculty advisors on an individual basis with federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, and local museums.


Support Opportunities


Graduate: 10-hr/week teaching assistantships available, NMSU Graduate School assistantships and tuition scholarships (competitive) available. In-state tuition available as part of Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) to students resident in WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). Descubre - tuition discount for students who are residents of Mexico. Undergraduate: NM high school lottery scholarships, Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) tuition discount for students from resident in WICHE (Western Internstate Commission for Higher Education)states. Descubre Program - tuition discount for student who are residents of Mexico. Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarships (Society for American Archaeology) for undergraduate female NM residents Archaeology focus.


Program Details
Research Facilities


New Mexico State University Museum,

Prehistoric and historic Southwestern collections. 

Laboratories for research in archaeology and physical anthropology, quantitative laboratory, qualitative data analysis laboratory, and opportunities for applied work in local area.


Collections University Museum collections in Southwestern archaeology and ethnography, teaching collections in biological anthropology.
Library Resources NMSU Library, Archives and Special Collections with strengths in Latin America, Borderlands Studies, and the colonial, postcolonial, and contemporary periods of New Mexico and the American Southwest.
Certs Offered 1
Employees1 to 25
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:


BA and MA Programs are not online programs. We have a mix of online and face to face courses.


Application Deadlines
February 15 for Fall; Oct 15 for Spring
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Graduate Students' Organization of Anthropologists and Lambda Alpha Chapter Undergraduate Anthropology Organization
Anthropology Club Advisor: Lois Stanford (graduate); Kelly Jenks (undergraduate)
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1