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

General Description / Special Programs

Graduate programs in archaeology, sociocultural anthropology and evolutionary anthropology, each with its own requirements for advanced degrees. The program in archaeology emphasizes archaeological science and ecological archaeology. The evolutionary anthropology program incorporates behavioral ecology, evolutionary cultural anthropology, and evolutionary archaeology. The sociocultural program emphasizes themes in ecological anthropology and globalization issues, psychological/medical anthropology, ethnobiology, and children, family, and gender.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
BA requires a total of 120 semester hours. Forty hours must be in 300/400 level courses. A minimum of 34 credit hours in anthropology courses is required.
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements 32 - 35 hours minimum course work (varies), thesis, oral examination; foreign language is required at the discretion of the faculty.
MA/MS Specializations Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Phd Requirements 72 hours minimum, variable number of course hours, written and oral preliminary examination; foreign language required at discretion of faculty. Fieldwork is considered part of the program, and normally required for the dissertation, final oral examination.
Phd Specializations Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Evolutionary Anthropology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities <p>Graduate Level Half-time TA/RA provide monthly stipend plus waiver of in-state tuition. Small domestic and international travel grants offered by Graduate School and Department. A number of scholarships/annual cash awards for students working in all program areas. Incoming archaeology students from western states eligible for in-state tuition through WICHE/WRGP (</p>
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>Well-equipped laboratories in archaeology, biological&nbsp;anthropology, zooarchaeology, lithic technology, and stable isotopes analysis. TA/RA offices, student computer and print station. The Museum of Anthropology provides exhibits related to the department&#39;s teaching and research functions and maintains extensive research and reference collections in western US archaeology and ethnographic basketry.</p>
Publications <p>Reports of Investigations, Project Reports, Contributions in Cultural Resource Management</p>
Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info: <p>BA available online through Global Campus WSU.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Application Deadlines
Graduate application deadline is December 1st. New students begin enrollment only during Fall semesters.
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Undergraduate Anthropology Club, and the Anthropology Graduate Organization
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1