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Department of Anthropology
Mary Lou Larson, Department Chair
103 Anthropology Building
Phone: (307) 766-5136, FAX: (307) 766-2473
MICHAEL E. HARKIN, B.A. University of North Carolina 1980; M.A. University of Chicago 1984; Ph.D. 1988; Professor of Anthropology 2003, 1993.
ROBERT L. KELLY, B.A. Cornell University 1978; M.A. University of New Mexico 1980; Ph.D. University of Michigan 1985; Professor of Anthropology 1997.
MARCEL KORNFELD, B.A. University of New Mexico 1974; M.A. University of Wyoming 1982; Ph.D. University of Massachusetts-Amherst 1994; Professor of Anthropology 2008, 1996.
MARY LOU LARSON, B.A. University of Wyoming 1976; M.A. University of California-Santa Barbara 1982; Ph.D. 1990; Professor of Anthropology 2007, 1996.
LIN A. POYER, B.A. Bucknell University 1975; M.A. University of Michigan 1978; Ph.D. 1983; Professor of Anthropology 2003, 1997.
AUDREY C. SHALINSKY, B.A. University of Chicago 1973; M.A. Harvard University 1975; Ph.D. 1979; Professor of Anthropology 1991, 1980.
JAMES AHERN, B.A. Beloit College 1991; M.A. Northern Illinois University 1993; Ph.D. University of Michigan 1998; Associate Professor of Anthropology 2006, 2000.
PAMELA INNES, B.A. Bryn Mawr College 1986; M.A. University of Oklahoma 1992; Ph.D. 1997; Associate Professor of Anthropology 2007, 2001.
CHARLES A. REHER, B.A. University of Wyoming 1970; M.A. 1971; Ph.D. University of New Mexico 1978; Associate Professor of Anthropology 1985, 1978.
SARAH STRAUSS, A.B. Dartmouth College 1984; M.P.H. San Jose State University 1987; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 1997; Associate Professor of Anthropology 2004, 1997.
TODD SUROVELL, B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1995; M.A. University of Arizona 1998; Ph.D. 2003; Associate Professor of Anthropology 2009, 2003.
NICOLE WAGUESPACK, B.A. Colorado State University 1996; M.A. University of Wyoming 1999; Ph.D. University of Arizona 2003; Associate Professor of Anthropology 2009, 2003.
ADAM HENNE, B.A. Drew University 1997; M.Sc. University of Georgia 2008; Ph.D. 2008; Assistant Professor of Anthropology 2012, 2008.
MELISSA MURPHY, B.A. Haverford College 1994; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 2004; Assistant Professor of Anthropology 2012, 2008.
JASON TOOHEY, B.A. University of California Santa Barbara 1995; M.A. California State University Northridge 2000; M.D. University of California Santa Barbara 2009; Assistant Professor of Anthropology 2011.
RUTH TOULSON, B.A. University of Cambridge 2000; M.Phil. 2001; Ph.D. 2009; Assistant Professor of Anthropology 2012, 2010.
Adams, Becker, Bender, Clantor, Miller, Nandinot, Rapson, Sanders, Smith, Walker
Academic Professional Research Scientist
George C. Frison, George W. Gill
The department of Anthropology promotes the understanding of humankind from an integrated, holistic approach which examines past, present and future trends in cultural, biological and linguistic diversity and uniformity. Though the department serves undergraduate and graduate majors who will become professional anthropologists or will pursue other related careers, it also provides information to a large number of non-majors and to the larger community regarding cross-cultural issues. Furthermore, because of its commitment to the four field approach including biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology, the department fosters among its students an awareness of the interrelatedness of scientific concepts, methods and theories, and the humanistic foundation of scientific inquiry. The Department of Anthropology prepares its students both to understand the cultural resources of Wyoming and to participate as informed citizens in an increasingly complex global community.
In addition to university and college requirements listed in this Catalog, anthropology majors must complete the third semester of a foreign language and a statistics course-STAT 2050 or 2070, which may count as the second USP quantitative reasoning course requirement. Anthropology majors must complete the A&S science requirement with two lab science courses outside the major. Specific requirements for a B.A. in anthropology are ANTH 1100, 1200, 1300, 2000, 3300, 3310, 4010; one course from each of the following series: archaeology-ANTH 4110, 4111, 4115, 4116, 4120, 4125, 4130, 4150, 4160, 4170, 4190 or six credits of archaeological field school (ANTH 4140 or 5180); cultural anthropology-ANTH 4300, 4310, 4320, 4330, 4340, 4350, 4360, 4380, 4020 (with instructor's consent); linguistic anthropology-ANTH 4740, 4760, 4775, 4785, 4795, 4020 (with instructor's consent); and biological anthropology-ANTH 4210, 4215, 4220, 4230, 4255, 4260, 4020 (with instructor's consent). ANTH 1000, Intellectual Community in Anthropology, is recommended for anthropology majors, although not required. In some cases (e.g., ANTH 3300, 3310) students will be required to take one hour of a section of ANTH 4975. Courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
At the completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge about the four subfields of anthropology and their interrelationships; they will have participated in a research experience and understand its process; and, they will demonstrate ability to analyze and synthesize in relation to anthropological issues or theories.
The minor for non-anthropology majors requires two of the introductory courses: ANTH 1100, 1200, 1300, 2000, and 11-12 hours of electives from 2000, 3000, or 4000-level anthropology courses with no more than 3 hours at the 2000-level. See the anthropology web site for more details.
Anthropology courses may be used to complete part of the requirements for teacher certification in social studies.
The department offers programs of study leading to Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Anthropology. Check Anthropology department web pages for any updates.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
Deadline for application is March 1 for the following fall.
See graduate admission requirements.
Send letter of intent, resume, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, transcripts, and an optional writing sample directly to the department.
In the letter of intent, students should describe their research interests, career goals, and how Wyoming's program will help them achieve these goals.
The Department of Anthropology requires that at least two of the recommendation letters be from academic supervisors or instructors.
Students must present evidence of a satisfactory background in anthropology, which should include coursework in all four subfields of Anthropology (socio/cultural, bio/physical, archaeology, and linguistics). Deficiencies in anthropology may require remediation. Students must have three semesters of a single foreign language or equivalent, and one semester of statistics. In those instances in which the undergraduate background of the student is deficient, the department reserves the right to prescribe course work that would correct such deficiencies.
The M.A. program is designed to be completed in two full years of graduate study. Appropriate allowance will be made for part-time students. Students who graduate with a Master of Arts degree will be able to explain the content of the four fields of Anthropology and their interrelationship in written and oral formats; they will have an experience in original research; and, they will develop skills which foster professionalism in their chosen fields.
Deadline for application is December 15 for the following fall.
See graduate admission requirements.
Send letter of intent, resume, three letters of recommendation, and copies of GRE scores and transcripts, and an optional writing sample, directly to the department.
In the letter of intent, students should identify whom they would like as their faculty adviser and describe their research interests, career goals, and how Wyoming's program will help them achieve these goals.
Note: Contact department for GRE requirements and preferences.
For admission to the Ph.D. program with the Bachelor's degree, students must have course work in the four subfields of anthropology, three semesters of a single foreign language, and statistical competency at either the B.A. or M.A. level. If these are not satisfied, the student's faculty adviser in coordination with the student's graduate committee assigns remedial work as appropriate.
Students with a master's degree may apply directly to the Ph.D. program.
Students with a bachelor's degree may apply to the Ph.D. program. If admitted, students are expected to complete the master's degree requirements following the Plan A or Plan B option before formal admission to the Ph.D. program. At the thesis defense or hearing for the Plan B paper, the student will receive a no pass, pass-terminate at the master's degree, or a pass-admit to the Ph.D. program.
Students admitted to the department's M.A. program are not guaranteed admission to the Ph.D. program.
Students who graduate with a Ph.D. in Anthropology will have specialized and professional training so they can move into academic or non-academic tracks; they will have a dissertation experience that results in professional publications; and they will have professional experiences that facilitate their move into careers in a reasonable amount of time.
Program Specific Graduate Assistantships
Doctoral students generally receive two years of assistantships. First semester, first year M.A. students are generally not awarded assistantships; however, the department occasionally does make exceptions. M.A. students are eligible to apply for assistantships beginning in the second semester.
Assistantships are awarded through a departmental application process. An application form, cover letter, and resume are required.
Information and deadlines may be obtained in the department office.
Failure to pass the M.A. oral exam in the third semester means the student is not eligible for an assistantship. Failure of the Ph.D. preliminary exam means the student is not eligible for an assistantship.
Program Specific Degree Requirements
Master's Program Plan A (thesis)
See university minimum requirements.
Completion, with a grade of "B" or better of a four core-course sequence. This sequence will consist of ANTH 5010, 20th Century Anthropological Theory; ANTH 5015, Archaeological Theory and Method; ANTH 5020, Biological Anthropology; and ANTH 5030, Linguistic Anthropology.
- First semester (fall): Students will submit form to the graduate advisor and department head identifying their thesis advisor BEFORE the graduate assistant allocation meeting (mid-late November).
- Second semester (spring): Students will work with their advisor to select their committee, which must be formed and on-file in the department office by the end of the semester. During the core classes' final exam periods, students give a presentation to departmental faculty which outlines the general ideas for their proposed thesis.
- Third semester (fall): Working closely with their advisor and committee, students complete a detailed prospectus and gain approval from thesis committee for MA thesis topic.
- Fourth semester (spring): Thesis is completed and is approved by thesis committee.
Any M.A. student receiving a grade of C or less in two core classes will be expelled form the program. Second semester research presentations are assessed by all department faculty in attendance at the presentation and evaluations will be given to the student's advisors. It is expected that students will work closely with their advisors to rectify any problems before they complete their thesis prospectus in the third semester.
If not completed prior to admission; three semesters of a single foreign language and one statistics course must be completed.
Plan B (non-thesis)
See university minimum requirements.
All requirements for a Plan A except thesis, if not completed prior to admission; three semesters of a single foreign language and one statistics course must be completed.
See university minimum requirements.
After completion of an M.A. program in anthropology.
A minimum of six content courses (18 hours) designed by the student in conjunction with the student's committee. These courses are normally completed in the first two years of the Ph.D. program. In addition to anthropology courses, the committee may also require 4000/5000 level courses in other departments.
Two additional courses in their first or second year: ANTH 5880, Professionalism in Anthropology and ANTH 5890, Teaching and Learning in Anthropology (6 hours).
Teaching experience, including stand-alone courses, after completion of ANTH 5890, as well as teaching assistance to UW faculty members.
Participation in an approved internship experience (6-24 credit hours). Students pursue internships in state and federal agencies, museums, contract archaeology organizations, and other organizations that offer potential career experience.
Committee meeting and successful completion of a dissertation proposal.
Preliminary exams, which take place by the end of the second year after completion of 18 hours of content courses, ANTH 5880 and ANTH 5890. After the student passes the exams, s/he is admitted to candidacy. If a student does not receive a passing grade on the preliminary exam, it can be repeated once. Failure to pass the preliminary examination the second time results in termination from the anthropology program.
International experience is highly recommended but not required, e.g. pre-dissertation summer fieldwork.
Student maintains a portfolio which documents teaching, internship, and research experience.
Students are encouraged to present papers at professional conferences and submit articles for publication throughout their tenure as a student. After admission to candidacy, the student is expected to research, write, and defend a dissertation based on original research (up to 48 credit hours). Students may either submit a single dissertation or a series of integrated publishable articles (30-40 pages each). The student's committee must approve this choice and decide on the number, length and content of the articles at the same time, usually at the committee hearing prior to the preliminary exams.