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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Intercultural Festival Mataro, Spain

Department of Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology Emphasis

The Cultural Anthropology track creates a distinctive forum for applying anthropological analyses and methodologies to pressing global issues of human rights and under-development. The cultural anthropology concentration is a flexible program which aims to provide students with both theoretical and applied skill sets.

Geographical strengths within the department include the American Southwest, Southeast Asia/Indonesia, and Latin America.

Our flexible ethnology concentration will provide you with both theoretical and applied skill sets. Beyond the required History of Anthropological Theory, an introductory master's seminar and Advanced Anthropology, the program for cultural anthropology students are tailored to their individual needs. Students are not required to take particular courses, but must take 45 hours with a thesis or 60 hours with a research paper. The topic of the thesis or paper must be on cultural anthropology. With either option, we encourage you to expand your interdisciplinary knowledge by taking up to 15 credits from complementary departments. 

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Your rich combination of tailored coursework and practical experience from an internship, field school or methods, will prepare you well for work as a cultural anthropologist.

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, Method and Practice
  • 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 or field methods class or ethnographic field work.

Cultural Anthropology track students must take at least half of their courses in cultural anthropology coursework. Thesis or Master's Paper must be on a cultural anthropology topic. Students must take at least one archaeology course and one museum and heritage studies course chosen in consultation with the student's adviser.

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