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Field Schools

USF offers several field schools covering various issues in applied anthropology. Our field schools are committed to integrating the humanistic and scientific perspectives of our discipline while pursuing applied research of the highest quality. Our mission is to explore the contours of culture and society across space and through time, serving national and international communities via the provision of education, research, and scholarship in the areas of our expertise. USF field schools provide training to obtain the skills necessary to appreciate and cope with the increasingly global context of economic, social, scientific, technological, and political issues, and the evolving multicultural dimensions of contemporary society.


A University of South Florida archaeological field school directed by Nancy White will not be held this summer 2014

Applied Biocultural Field School in Costa Rica: Globalization and Health

This is a five-week summer research program held in conjunction with the Monteverde Institute (, a non-profit educational and research organization that works in partnership with universities around the world. The field school provides training in qualitative and quantitative methods for applied anthropology and health disciplines. The experience allows participants to explore the changing face of health and healthcare in communities undergoing rapid social, cultural and economic change associated with globalization. Research topics include nutrition/food security, HIV/AIDS, occupational risks among farm workers, and reproductive health. The field school is open to graduate students and to exceptional undergraduates at the senior level. For information about the school, contact Dr. Nancy Romero ( or Dr. David Himmelgreen (

Applied Biocultural Field School in Puerto Rico: Community Health

The Institute of Interdisciplinary Research ( at the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey, in partnership with the University of South Florida and the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health, offers a four-week summer field school to create undergraduate research experiences and sponsor interdisciplinary health related research. The program offers hands-on, applied research experience that integrates qualitative and quantitative methods for the assessment of community health. Participants learn skills, methods, and processes in applied research and their relevance to community health promotion and prevention. For information about the school, contact Dr. Nancy Romero (

Archaeological Field School in Florida

Field school will not be held for Summer 2014

The Crystal River Early Village Archaeological Project Blog


The Department usually conducts a field school in Florida each summer. The specifics vary from year to year, but generally introduce students to a variety of archaeological methods including mapping, survey, geophysical survey, testing, and small-scale excavation. Students also gain experience working with the public. Minimum length of stay is 3 weeks, with course credit varying from 4 to 12 hours. Previous archaeology course or good knowledge of the field is required. Housing is provided at local camps, bunkhouses; some students may need to stay in tents part of the time. Contact Nancy White (813-974-0815, or Tom Pluckhahn (813-974-1523, Details of each summer's field school are usually available in January.