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).
Internships in Washington area research institutes and service agencies referred by the Department, and through the University's Career Services office.
Graduate teaching assistantships (stipend and tuition), some half-time research assistantships; university scholarships.
Archaeology lab, computer lab