Anthropology, M.A.

Dig into the past and present of humankind.

Whether you want to study people who lived long ago or examine cultures of today, this program provides the advanced graduate training and research experiences you need to pursue a professional career in the field of anthropology.

As a student in this program, you will complete coursework, seminars and directed studies in general anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology and ethnology. You will also lead independent research and complete a thesis.

Department research specialties include historical archaeology, prehistoric Plateau archaeology, archaeological conservation and stabilization, Plateau Indian ethnography, contemporary American culture, human evolution, and indigenous peoples of South America.

Graduate students have opportunities to work alongside faculty in the field and in the university’s Laboratory of Anthropology on archaeological digs, archival research, and artifact and preservation projects.

This program could be a good fit if you:

  • Aspire for a career in anthropology
  • Enjoy research
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Have a specific interest in the study of American Indians or the archaeological history of the Pacific Northwest

With this degree, you could become a/an:

  • Analyst
  • Applied anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Conservator
  • Cultural anthropologist
  • Curator
  • Ecologist
  • Educator/Teacher/Professor
  • Forensic scientist
  • Health services provider
  • Market researcher
  • Museum exhibit designer
  • Park guide/ranger
  • Physical anthropologist
  • Project evaluator
  • Researcher

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