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Degree Requirements

Admission: 3.0, Minimum GPA
Graduation: 3.0, Minimum GPA
Minimum Credits: 33; 6 credits count toward Plan A;
3 credits count toward Plan B

Graduate Core (26 Credits)

ANTH 6340 Archaeology of the Desert West (3)
ANTH 6350 Archaeological Theory (3)
ANTH 6360 Research Design and Q Methods (3)
ANTH 6370 GIS in Archaeology (3)
ANTH 6390 CRM Policy (3)
ANTH 6410 Writing for Archaeologists (3)
ANTH 6700 Archaeology Internship (2)
ANTH 6320 Zooarchaeology (3)
ANTH 6330 Geoarchaeology (3)

Graduate Elective: Choose 1 (3 Credits)

ANTH 6250 Problems in Bioarch
ANTH 6310 Archaeology Lab (3)
ANTH 6400 Collections Management (1-3)
ANTH 6420 Lithic Analysis (3)
ANTH 6430 Archaeometry (3)
ANTH 6800 Special Topics Seminar (1-3)

Graduate Research: Thesis or Paper (3-6 Credits)

ANTH 6970 Thesis (1-12; minimum of 6 for Plan A, 3 for Plan B)

Students and faculty lined up in two rows for a photo in the desert during their field school.

Two students excavating in the dirt.

Archaeology Internship

Students must take ANTH 6700 Archaeology Internship. The Graduate Director or your Supervisory Committee will help arrange an internship experience with a private sector CRM company, a government agency (e.g., USFS, BLM, SHPO) or a Native American tribal office. If your prior experience is in private sector CRM, then we recommend an internship in a government agency and vice versa for those with experience in government archaeology. The rule of thumb for the required 2 credit internship is about 100 hours.

Plan A Thesis

The Plan A option for a master's degree requires preparation of a thesis. Six credits for the thesis are included in the 33 minimum credits for the Master’s degree in Anthropology.

Plan B Paper/Creative Work

The Plan B option requires the production of a journal-quality paper or an approved creative work (e.g., exhibit, educational outreach, web site development, cataloging system). At least two credits of thesis research are required but no more than three credits of thesis credit can be counted toward the degree.

Masters Written Examination

All graduate students are required to take the Master’s Comprehensive Examination. The exam is administered in two, four-hour sessions. The Supervisory Committee is responsible for deciding the format appropriate to you and to your research.

Thesis Defense or Colloquium

After completion of the thesis, paper or creative work you and your Supervisory Committee will schedule a final oral examination in the form of a thesis defense or colloquium. The presentation is open to the public.