General Description / Special Programs

Area specialties of current faculty include contemporary, historic, and prehistoric Latin America, Middle East, Europe, and the USA; topical specialties include migrants and refugees, comparative early civilizations, anthropology and development, historical archaeology, environmental archaeology, and cultural heritage studies. The Department crafts individualized programs of study, contributes to cultural training in the School of Nursing, and to developing a public policy institute. The program prepares graduates for careers in evaluating and synthesizing and applying research. Graduates have gone on top pursue MAs and PhDs, while most work as program administrators and researchers in government agencies and NGOs, church agencies, in development and health care, private consulting, cultural resource and heritage management, and community-college and secondary education.

Although MA Applications are not being accepted for 2020-2021, we anticipate reopening our MA program in the near future. The MA offers a disciplinary grounding for students seeking to upgrade skills, to supplement professional training, or to explore advanced research training in social-cultural anthropology, archaeology and cultural heritage studies. Applicants with experience overseas or in service professions and returning students are welcome. Admission is based on undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, recommendations, relevant work and other experience (plus TOEFL scores for foreign students as required by the University). 

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Degrees Offered MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
12 courses in anthropology, in addition to university distribution requirements in social science, math and natural science, humanities, philosophy, religion, and foreign languages. Anthropology majors take a course in the main sub-disciplines, a pair of core courses in theory and methods, six major electives, and a senior seminar to develop a capstone project based on an internship or independent research. Archaeology majors take a courses in field and lab methods, archaeological theory, and pair of core courses on cultural heritage studies and cultural resource management, six major electives, and a senior seminar to develop a capstone project based on an internship, field school, or independent research.
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements 30 credits including thesis or non-thesis options, 1 foreign language, 6-hour written examination
MA/MS Specializations We are not accepting applications for the MA for 2020-2021.
Phd Specializations Not currently accepting applications for the PhD.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

Internships in Washington area research institutes and service agencies referred by the Department, and through the University's Career Services office.

Support Opportunities

Graduate teaching assistantships (stipend and tuition), some half-time research assistantships; university scholarships.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Archaeology lab, computer lab

Library Resources On-line library and databases of Washington Consortium of Universities
Certs Offered 0
Employees1 to 25
Washington Area Consortium of Universities
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
Graduate applications reviewed on a rolling basis
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Cooper-Herzfeld Society
Anthropology Club Advisor: Joshua Samuels
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0