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Department of Anthropology

Archaeology Students

Department of Anthropology

Archaeology Emphasis

Join us to prepare to move either straight into a PhD program in anthropology, or into the world of public, applied archaeology.










Immerse yourself in a rich combination of coursework, summer field school and practical experience such as a museum internship, a field methods class or ethnographic field work.

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The MA degree in archaeology is designed to offer students training in both the "academic" (anthropological) and "applied" (e.g., cultural resource management) aspects of archaeology. These different aspects of our discipline are often thought to be either mutually exclusive or in conflict with each other. Our goal at DU is to provide training that can coherently integrate these two aspects. 

Course Requirements

 Please be sure to carefully review and fully understand the Anthropology Department Graduate Student Handbook and DU Bulletin of Graduate Studies.  We encourage close consultation with your adviser and our Director of Graduate Studies to ensure that you are on track.  

All students must complete the following:

  • ANTH 3660 Anthropological Theory and Context
  • ANTH 4000 Advanced Anthropology
  • ANTH 3875 Research Methods in Anthropology
  • Qualifying exam
  • Thesis with 48 credits; Paper with 60 credits

All students must have had a practical experience including one, but not limited to one of the following: museum internship, archaeological field school/field methods class or ethnographic field work.

Archaeology track students must also complete:

  • ANTH 3990 Summer Field School in Archaeology or ANTH 3790 Field Methods in Archaeology OR approved by the department's Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the student's adviser, a substitute field experience (e.g., previous field school or CRM work)
  • ANTH 3630 Archaeological Method and Theory
  • One cultural anthropology course and one museum and heritage studies course chosen in consultation with student's adviser

At least one of the following:

  • ANTH 3170 Applied Heritage Management
  • ANTH 3390 Geoarchaeology
  • ANTH 4040 Historical Archaeology

Please review the 2019-2020 Graduate Student Handbook for detailed degree requirements.