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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.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Submit letter of intent, resume, copies of GRE scores, transcripts, and an optional writing sample as digital documents to the UW online application system. A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required; a standardized recommendation form is provided through the application system.

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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • World Archaeology
  • Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
  • World Culture
  • North American Indians
  • Forgotten Africa: Intro to African Civilizations
  • Introduction to Museology
  • Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples
  • Ethnographic Methods in Anthropology
  • Introduction to Anthropology Research Methods
  • Hunters and Gatherers
  • Maya, Aztec, and Inca Cultures
  • The Anthropology of Global Issues
  • Conference
  • History of Anthropological Thought
  • Archaeological Theory and Method
  • Seminar
  • Seminar in Archaeology
  • Seminar in Biological Anthropology
  • Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
  • Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Lithic Analysis
  • North American Archaeology
  • Northwestern Plains Prehistory
  • Old World Archaeology
  • Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
  • Archaeological Field Study
  • Origins of the State
  • Seminar in Prehistory
  • Computer Programming for Archaeologists
  • GIS in Anthropology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • South American Prehistory
  • Public Archaeology
  • Human Osteology
  • Hominin Evolution
  • Human Variation
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Anthropology of Food, Culture, and Nutrition
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Political Anthropology
  • Symbolic Anthropology
  • Social Organization
  • Culture Change
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Visual Anthropology
  • Native American Languages and Cultures
  • Language Humor and Games
  • Language and Gender
  • Language and Racism
  • Language Change
  • Internship
  • Undergraduate Practicum in Anthropology
  • Special Problems
  • Graduate Seminar in Anthropology
  • 20th Century Anthropology Theory
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Advanced Archaeological Research
  • Advanced Archaeological Field Studies
  • Field Techniques
  • Graduate Practicum
  • Professionalism
  • Teaching Anthropology
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Thesis Research
  • Dissertation Research


The Anthropology M.A. program has the following learning outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to explain the content of the “four fields” of anthropology and their interrelationship in written and oral formats,
  2. Students will have experience in original research, and
  3. Students will develop skills which foster professionalism as related to their chosen field.

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The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...

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