Undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) training in applied anthropology, archaeology, cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology emphasizing theory, method, application and research. Special areas of interest include, but are not limited to, applied anthropology, international development, medical anthropology, environmental anthropology, Indigenous perspectives, cultural resource management, and Southwestern and Mesoamerican archaeology. The department offers a diverse curriculum and participates in cooperative programs with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Belize Institute of Archaeology among others.
Scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, graduate student support consists of out-of-state tuition waivers, in-state tuition waivers, and graduate teaching assistantships that waive out-of-state tuition and half of in-state tuition and provide a stipend based on 10 hours of work per week with a faculty member. Students from the 16 member states and territories in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) are also eligible for in-state tuition under the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). As of 2021, WICHE member states and territories are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
The anthropology labs are housed in two buildings:The Ralph M. Bilby Research Center (Building 52), which houses archaeological, forensic, and medical anthropology work and The Anthropology Laboratory (Building 49), which houses biological anthropological and bioarchaeological work. This building also features the Ethan and Susan Braunstein Biological Anthropology Seminar Room, and hosts researchers from the Center for Health Equity Research. Labs in the Bilby Research Center comprise: The Social Science Community-engagement Lab, Cultural Medical Anthropology Lab, Medical Anthropology Practice Collective, Archaeology Imaging Lab, Social Science Forensic Lab, Historical Archaeology Lab, Mesoamerican Archaeology Lab, Faunal Analysis Lab, Lithic Casting, Research, and Teaching Lab, and the Ceramic Analysis Lab. The two Anthropology labs in the The Anthropology Laboratory building are the Human Biology and Health Lab and the Paleodiet Lab.
The department offers online undergraduate Anthropology courses most summers and winter breaks.