General Description / Special Programs
The department has strong interests in cultural anthropology and archaeology, with special concentrations in symbolic/psychological anthropology as well as the archaeology of the Great Basin/Southwest, Mesoamerica, Mediterranean Basin, and the Middle East. A senior thesis is required, and in most cases, student research is undertaken in connection with one of the department's four cultural field schools (India, Namibia, Thailand, the UK) or archaeological field schools in the Great Basin/Southwest or the Middle East. The Museum of People and Cultures provides lab space and collections for student and faculty research. Graduate course work is designed to prepare students for PhD programs elsewhere or agency careers. See department website for details.
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Degrees Offered Anthropology: MA, BA major
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
Certificate Info Museum Certificate
Certificate Field Areas
Museum Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements: The university core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education (see University Core for details. For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see the current class schedule); a minimum of 30 credit hours in residence; a minimum of 120 credit hours; a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0; be in good standing with the University Honor Code Office.
MA/MS Field Areas
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements 30 semester hours; thesis; foreign language proficiency required when essential to the student's field of research, oral examination, written examination, GRE required
MA/MS Specializations Archaeology and Museum Studies
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities Graduate: Several assistantships for up to $4000; participation in archaeology contract work
Program Details
Research Facilities Gates Collection on Middle American Languages; Museum of Peoples and Cultures; archaeological laboratories HRAF microfiles; outstanding library holdings in anthropology; Office of Public Archaeology (CRM), New World Archaeological Foundation. Web site:
Publications Publications include: the Occasional Papers and Popular Series through the Museum and the Papers of the New World Archaeological Foundation.
Certs Offered 1
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Advisor: Paul Stavast
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0