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

Northern Arizona University, Department of Anthropology
5 East McConnell Drive Bldg. 65, Rm. 228 PO Box 15200 Flagstaff AZ PO Box 15200 United States
Phone+1 928.523.3180
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General Description / Special Programs

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.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
AA/AS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
In addition to the NAU Liberal Studies requirement (35 units), the B.A. in Anthropology requires study of a foreign language (16 units), and Anthropology course requirements (54 units), which includes a statistics course.
MA/MS Field Areas
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements Pre-requisites for the MA include a statistics course (all students) and an archaeological field school (archaeology students only). Degree requirements include; Anthropology course requirements (13 units), focused coursework in either Archaeology or Sociocultural Anthropology (18 units), and Thesis (6 units). Students will prepare a research thesis, which addresses a scientifically significant research question or hypothesis, where the student creates an appropriate research design to answer/test a theoretically grounded question/ hypothesis or collect pilot, exploratory data based on existing literature and a strong theoretical foundation. The purpose of preparing a master's thesis is to give graduate students experience in carrying out the kind of research they may expect to do within their professional careers. Through this process, students are expected to demonstrate an ability to work independently on a problem and to document familiarity with the literature in their field of study, command of the techniques and principles of research, and ability to form defensible conclusions from the data.
MA/MS Specializations Sociocultural anthropology, Medical anthropology, Archaeology, and Biological anthropology.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

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.

Program Details
Research Facilities

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.

Certs Offered 0
Employees1 to 25
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

The department offers online undergraduate Anthropology courses most summers and winter breaks.

Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Student run, with faculty advisor(s)
Anthropology Club Advisor: Emily Dale
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0