General Description / Special Programs
Faculty research interests include North America, African Diaspora studies, the Caribbean, Africa, Pacific island archaeology, comparative colonialism, cultural heritage, landscapes, social complexity, human-animal relations, Native American studies and historical biology. The Institute for Historical Biology offers training in biological anthropology and skeletal anthropology. The American Indian Resource Center provides both research and collaborative activities with Virginia Indians.
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Degrees Offered BA major, MA, and PhD
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
33 semester credit hours, including Intro to Cultural Anthropology; History of Anthropological Theories; and one course in archaeology, biological anthropology and socio-cultural anthropology; a senior seminar on a variety of revolving topics.
MA/MS Field Areas
MA/ MS Requirements A terminal MA degree in Historical Archaeology requires 30 semester credits and a thesis.
MA/MS Specializations Historical Archaeology
PhD Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements The PhD program in Anthropology is designed for students who wish to specialize in Historical Archaeology or Historical Anthropology. Applicants must complete the standard Graduate School application form for the College of William and Mary; a writing sample (e.g. a term paper or publication) is required. A separate application is not necessary for financial aid. Completed applications must be received by January 15 for admission the following August. Prospective students will be evaluated for admission based on a number of factors, including GPA's, GRE aptitude scores, letters of recommendation and previous experience. Students accepted into the program will receive full tuition, fees and a stipend. They will normally spend four years of full-time graduate study and one year of dissertation preparation at William and Mary. Students are encouraged to take graduate courses in History and American Studies.
Phd Specializations Historical Archaeology and Historical Anthropology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities Graduate fellowships and research assistantships are provided by the University.
Program Details
Research Facilities The department houses ethnographic collections from Liberia, North America and elsewhere; extensive archaeological collections from prehistoric and historic sites in Virginia and the Caribbean, and a collection of primate and human skeletons and casts. Work areas include three fully equipped laboratories and a work and storage space devoted to graduate students.
Certs Offered 0
A cooperative relationship with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation provides access to the Foundation's library, to one of the largest databases in historical archaeology in the US, and to professional expertise and labs. The Department also has ties to other local museums. Students with interests in materials science can conduct research at the Jefferson Laboratory. Students also have access to the College-wide GIS facility located on campus.
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
Deadlines vary; contact before March 1st is advised.
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: The dept houses the Gamma Chapter of Lambda Alpha and sponsors The Anthropology Club.
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1