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Cultural Anthropology Track 

At the M.A. level, the Cultural Track trains students in the methods, theories, and practices of applied cultural anthropology, preparing students for careers in a variety of applied sectors, including community organization, rural or urban planning, economic development, heritage management, education, private-sector consulting and research, and work with non-governmental organizations.  Many students also choose to pursue doctoral studies at USF or elsewhere.

At the doctoral level, students receive more advanced training and research experience, and will be prepared for both academic and practicing positions. Most doctoral students are able to gain teaching experience, frequently as instructors for their own course sections.

At both levels, students pursue research projects in a wide range of topics, such as environmental and sustainability issues, heritage studies, migration, international development, social justice and more, and in a wide variety of geographical areas, most often in the United States, Latin America/Caribbean, and Africa. 

For a summary of course requirements and associated faculty for both M.A. and Ph.D. programs, click here.

To complement this track, we offer optional concentrations in Biocultural Medical Anthropology, Cultural Resource Management, and Heritage Studies in which students at both levels may choose to take courses that focus on these topics. 

See current work in applied cultural anthropology: