Top Ten Reasons You Should Consider
Graduate Study at the University of Wyoming's Department of Anthropology
world-class faculty. Our
faculty have been leaders of regional and national organizations, actively
publish in leading journals, have authored numerous books, monographs, and
textbooks; they serve on journal editorial boards and as editors of
journals. Our faculty have high name recognition nationally and
internationally; the archaeology faculty is well-known for its
contributions to hunter-gatherer studies, high plains and Rocky Mountains
archaeology, and lithic technological studies.
MA program notable for its breadth.
Believing that the breadth of anthropology is its strength, our department
adheres to the four-fields approach, and students take core courses in the
subfields of anthropology: cultural, biological, and linguistic
anthropology, and archaeology.
PhD program aimed at employment.
We aim to give doctoral students what they need in order to gain
employment in either academia or the private sector. To improve their
standing in the academic job market, doctoral students take a required
course in teaching, and teach at least one stand-alone class before
graduating. If students do not have marketable experience for private or
federal sector employment, they are required to take an internship in a
federal agency office or a private firm.
opportunities. For those students who seek
international opportunities, we will help to open the doors. Previous
graduate students have participated in research projects in Russia,
Mongolia, Croatia, France, Argentina, and elsewhere.
For archaeology, students will be able to participate in faculty, CRM,
federal agency and state archaeologist's office field projects. The
problem is not finding a project to work on, but deciding which one.
- Professionalization. Doctoral students take a course in grant writing and
writing for publication. We encourage, and back up with funding when
possible, student participation at regional and national conferences.
Faculty frequently co-author publications with students.
personal attention. The
University of Wyoming is a small university, with fewer than 10,000
students on campus, and the anthropology department intentionally keeps
its graduate student numbers low. This means that competition for faculty
attention as well as funding is low.
building designed for you.
Built in 2007, the anthropology building is one of the newer buildings on
campus - and we designed it. Part of that design took into account
research into graduate student success. Come see for yourself!
only game in town.
Many state universities compete for the attention of their legislature,
but not Wyoming - because we are the only four-year university in the
state. This means that many opportunities, e.g., federal contracts, come
directly to us, and this means employment and training opportunities for
- Wyoming. If you like the outdoors, you will love
Wyoming. There are more antelope here than there are people; you can be on
the ski slopes in 40 minutes or rock climbing in 20. Yes, it's cold, but
the sun shines most of the year. And at 7200 feet, just walking to class
is an aerobic workout.