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Graduate Program in Applied Anthropology

The Graduate Program in Applied Anthropology at USF aims to develop creative scholars and scientists who will apply their knowledge and skills to contemporary human problems, whether as academics or practitioners. As a result, graduate studies in Applied Anthropology at USF are unique when compared with traditional graduate programs in Anthropology. At USF, we balance world-class training in theory and method with practice. Doing so places applied research - conceived and carried out with the communities where we work - at the core of graduate studies. We see this as a distinct advantage for our graduates, since it links academically rigorous scholarship with practical, first-hand experience, while providing opportunities for professional collaboration, networking, and funding.

Initiated in 1974, the University of South Florida was the first in the nation to focus on career training for the practice of applied anthropology, and since then, more than 360 graduates have a graduate degree from our department. For many, the M.A. is a terminal degree that qualifies them for professional careers in administration, program evaluation, planning, research, and cultural resource management. Others have gone on to earn doctoral degrees and have gained employment in academic or higher level nonacademic positions.


Tracks for the MA and PhD Degrees

The department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Anthropology. Students follow one of four course tracks, each of which has a set of required classes and choices of electives. Please click to read more about the curriculum of each track.


Dual Degree with Public Health

We collaborate with the USF College of Public Health to offer a dual degree program, in which students can earn an M.A. or Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology along with the Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) in one of ten concentrations within Public Health. Students may also earn their Ph.D. in Public Health and an M.A. in Applied Anthropology. Students pursuing this dual degree track may also be interested in the optional Biocultural Medical Anthropology concentration; see following section for more details.

Concentrations (Optional)

Within each track, we also offer four optional concentrations: Archaeological and Forensic Sciences (AFS), Biocultural Medical Anthropology (BCM), Cultural Resource Management (CRM), and Heritage Studies (HGS). A concentration draws individual specialized course offerings together into a focused curriculum, and the concentration is noted on the transcript. Concentrations may be declared by both Ph.D. and M.A. students.