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UW Anthropology is a dynamic department with world-class faculty and endless opportunities to make your degree relevant to your interests and goals.  Field work, international programs, low student-to-faculty ratios and innovative faculty make this program your best option!

Travel Funding 

MA Degree Requirements  

PhD Degree Requirements

Graduate Student Regulations and Policies

 

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Prospective Students

The Department of Anthropology provides students with a broad, research-based education in anthropology.  The University of Wyoming Anthropology degrees include a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy option, featuring:

  • World-class faculty: Our faculty are leaders of regional and national organizations, active in journal and book publication.
  • International opportunities: UW Anthropology students can engage in research projects across the world - we will help open the doors for you!
  • Local fieldwork opportunities: For archaeology, students will be able to participate in faculty, CRM, federal agency and state archaeologist's office field projects.
  • Personalization: The UW Anthropology program admits and average of 6-12 MA students and 1-6 PhD students each year; this means low student to professor ratios and increased interaction.
  • Practical professionalism: UW Anthropology graduate programs are geared toward moving you forward in your career, whether it's in academia or elsewhere!  We offer practical classes like grant writing and publication writing as well as skill-based methodological courses. Our PhD students complete a course that provides pedagogical instruction and mentoring support while they teach their first stand-alone introductory level anthropology course. Opportunities exist for further stand-alone teaching before graduation. Our students pursue internships that offer them experience in career options with which they may be unfamiliar (e.g., government agencies, national register nominations, museums, and the private sector). 

 

Expectations of Anthropology Students

Students who graduate with an MA in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming will:

  • be able to explain the contents of the "four fields" of Anthropology and their interrelationship in written and oral formats.

  • have experience conducting original research.

  • develop skills which foster professionalism as related to their chosen fields.

Students who graduate with a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming will:

  • have professional and specialized training so that they can move into careers in academic or non-academic tracks.

  • have a dissertation research experience that results in professional publication(s), thereby contributing to the expansion of knowledge.

  • have practical experience that will promote their movement into professional careers in a reasonable amount of time.

Graduate Student Information

Graduate Student Regulations and Policies

 

Travel Funding Requests

Students are welcome to submit requests for funding support when traveling to meetings and conferences. Cost-sharing is a requirement, so please be prepared to gather funding from multiple sources; your advisor, department, college and Academic Affairs may contribute to your fundraising efforts. 

 

We are happy to help answer any questions you have regarding our program and beyond!  Please use this page as your first stop for information, and contact Dr. Melissa Murphy (Graduate Studies Director) or other faculty members you would be interest in working with for additional information.  

Click here for a list of Current Anthropology Graduate Students !

Field work and research opportunities

Field work is a critical component to many graduate careers - and Wyoming is an ideal place for that! Whether you stay local or explore the world, we can help!

PhD Graduate Assistantships

This graduate assistantship is available to PhD students interested in Archaeology.
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Anthropology Department

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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5136

Email: anthro@uwyo.edu

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