At the M.A. level, the Archaeology Track focuses on coursework in archaeological method and theory that prepares students for careers in cultural resource management or with public or private agencies and museums responsible for managing archaeological resources. For many years, USF has been the leader in training students for professional archaeological and heritage positions in the state of Florida, and our alumni are found in key roles across the state and nation. In addition, many M.A. graduates go on to further study in doctoral programs at USF and elsewhere.
At the Ph.D. level, the track provides advanced training and research in applied archaeological anthropology, offering preparation for both academic and practicing positions. Most doctoral students are able to gain teaching experience, frequently as instructors for their own course sections.
In both tracks, students develop research projects across a wide range of topics and geographic areas, especially in Florida and the Southeast, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. For a summary of course requirements and associated faculty: click here
To complement this track, we offer optional concentrations in Archaeological and Forensic Sciences, Cultural Resource Management, and Heritage Studies, in which students at both levels may choose to take classes that focus on the practical management and analysis of archaeological and cultural resources.