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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Applied Anthropology (APA)
with a Concentration in Archaeological and Forensic Sciences (AAF)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 45.0201
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 52

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Anthropology Department (ANT)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue SOC107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Rebecca Zarger
Phone: 813-974-2138
Email: rzarger@usf.edu

Website: http://anthropology.usf.edu/graduate/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The Applied Anthropology major, initiated in 1974, was the first in the country to focus on career training for the practice of Applied Anthropology. Faculty at USF specialize in various areas including medical anthropology, biological anthropology, urban policy and community development, education, archaeology, cultural resource management (CRM), economic development, immigration, media, and issues pertaining to race, gender, and ethnicity. Geographic specializations emphasize the Caribbean, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and the United States. More than 240 graduates have received an education in anthropology and its practical uses, leading to employment in government and private sector agencies and organizations. 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.

Students entering the Applied Anthropology major at USF choose from one of four tracks: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, or Medical Anthropology. Although these four tracks share some common requirements, and are bound by general rules of the USF Graduate School, they have different curricula and employment trajectories. Archaeology Track graduates typically enter careers in contract archaeology, or public and private agencies and museums responsible for managing archaeological resources. The Cultural Anthropology Track is designed to lead to employment in diverse areas that include education, urban planning, human services, private sector consulting and research, and non-governmental community organizations. Museum and heritage programming represent an area of overlap between the two emphases. Students who wish to pursue these kinds of specialties will develop curricula that draw from both applied and public archaeology requirements in consultation with their advisors. Biological Anthropology students are trained to work in law enforcement, private sector consulting and research, and non-governmental organizations. The Medical Anthropology track prepares students to conduct research, evaluation, and consulting in a variety of settings, including community-based organizations, county and state health departments, and non-governmental organizations. In addition to following the curriculum of a track, M.A. students can select elective courses to fulfill one of four concentrations in Archaeological and Forensic Sciences, Biocultural Medical Anthropology, Cultural Resource Management, or Heritage Studies.

Our MA offers flexibility, depending on the student's career plans. Students choose from one of three professional development options: research, internship, and internship-based research (a hybrid of the other two). All three options are expected o have an applied component, but differ in emphasis and setting.

For information regarding the dual degree M.A./MPH major with the College of Public Health, refer to the separate listing under Applied Anthropology or Public Health.

Major Research Areas:
Human biology; biocultural medical anthropology; nutrition/diet; growth and development; population genetics; forensic anthropology and human rights; neuroanthropology; stress; immune function; maternal and child health; reproductive health; HIV/AIDS; disasters; water and sanitation; migrant health; health policy; sociocultural and historical anthropology; transnational migration; labor; neoliberal globalization; citizenship; media and visual anthropology; environmental anthropology; urban anthropology; pedagogy and educational anthropology; heritage and memory studies; Florida archaeology; Eastern U.S. prehistory; Mesoamerican archaeology; Mediterranean prehistory; archaeological science; bioarcheaology; cultural resource management; public archeology.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: December 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Major Admission Requirements

  • GRE is required, however, there is no minimum score for admission into the major
  • a statement of purpose
  • a signed Research Ethics statement
  • at least three letters of recommendation
  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • graduate assistant application form (optional)
  • writing sample (optional)

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total required hours (40)
 
     Core Requirements6 hours
     Track24 hours
     Internship (depending on the option)0-7 hours
     Thesis6 hours
     Optional Concentrations 9-12 hours
 
Core Requirements (required for students in all tracks6 hours
ANG 6705 Foundations of Applied Anthropology I3
ANG 5486 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (or equivalent in another department)3
 
Required Track24 hours
Students select from one of the following Tracks:
 
Archaeology Track 24 hours
ANG 6198 Regional Problems in Methods of Public Archaeology3
ANG 6110 Archaeological Theory and Current Issues3
ANG 6197 Public Archaeology3
plus two (2) electives in Archaeology6
one (1) elective in Biological Anthropology 3
one (1) elective from any graduate seminar in Anthropology3
one (1) graduate seminar outside the Department3
 
Biological Anthropology Track 24 hours
ANG 6701 Contemporary Applied Anthropology3
ANG 6766 Research Methods in Applied Anthropology3
ANG 6511 Seminar in Physical Anthropology Human Variation)3
ANG 6469 Selected Topics in Medical Anthropology3
OR ANG 6585 Theory in Applied Bioanthropology 3
plus three (3) additional graduate seminars in Anthropology 9
one (1) graduate seminar outside the Department3
 
Cultural Anthropology Track 24 hours
ANG 6701Contemporary Applied Anthropology 3
ANG 6766Research Methods in Applied Anthropology3
plus five (5) elective graduate seminars in Anthropology 15
one (1) graduate seminar outside the Anthropology Department3
 
Medical Anthropology Track 24 hours
ANG 6701 Contemporary Applied Anthropology 3
ANG 6766 Research Methods in Applied Anthropology3
ANG 6469 Theory and Methods in Medical Anthropology3
plus four (4) elective graduate seminars in Anthropology 12
one (1) graduate seminar outside the Anthropology Department3
 

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program in Applied Anthropology for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers
Students in the Coverdell Program are required to complete internships related to the program of study in underserved American Communities.

For more information on the Fellows Program: https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/university-programs/coverdell-fellows/

 

 
CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (Optional)
Students may select one of the following concentrations:
 
Concentration in Archaeological and Forensic Sciences 12 hours
Two required courses (3 credits each), consisting of
ANG 6701 Contemporary Applied Anthropology 3
ANG 6115 Archaeological Science 3
ANG 6745 Forensic Anthropology or ANG 6511 Forensic Science 3
 
Two electives courses (3 credits each; one may be outside Anthropology):6
ANG 6189Ancient Diets
ANG 6195Ancient Trade
ANG 6511Seminar in Physical Anthropology: Anthrogenetics
ANB 6536Bioarchaeology
ANG 6745Forensic Anthropology
ANG 6741Intro to Forensic Science
ANG 6511Seminal in Physical Anthropology: Advanced Methods in Forensic Anthropology
ANG 6115Seminar in Physical Anthropology: Soils
ANG 6115Seminar in Physical Anthropology: Technologies for Heritage Preservation
 
External electives that also qualify (only 1 can count towards concentration):
Advanced Remote Sensing (GIS 6038C), Remote Sensing Seminar (GIS 6039), TracerGeochemistry (GLY 6255), Analytical Techniques in Geology (GLY 6285C), Principles of Applied Geophysics (GLY 6475), Principles of Stable Isotope Geochemistry (GLY 6739)
 
Comprehensive Exam
The comprehensive exam requirement is satisfied upon successful completion of Foundation of Applied Anthropology (ANG 6705). Successful completion entails earning a final grade of "B" or better in this course.

The MA offers flexibility, depending on the student's career plans. Students choose from one of three professional development options, which must be decided in consultation with their major professor before the proposal is delivered. All three options are expected to have an applied component, but differ in emphasis and setting.

  • Research Option: This option is designed for students who are planning a career in applied research and are considering a Ph.D. degree. The final product is a thesis, which may be delivered as either a traditional thesis or as a peer-reviewed journal article. If an article is submitted, the student must be first author and the journal selected in consultation with the M.A. Committee. The publication must be formally accepted, but not necessarily published, to fulfill this requirement.
  • Internship-based Research Option: This option is designed for students who are planning a career in applied research and practice. It is designed for students whose thesis research is situated in an Internship setting. A formal Internship is required, and the final product is a thesis, which may be delivered as either a traditional thesis or a peer-reviewed journal article (same guidelines apply as in the Research option)
  • Internship Option: This option is designed for students who are planning a career in applied research and practice. A formal Internship is required, and the final product consists of 1) a technical report or installation delivered to the host agency and 2) a substantial Internship report delivered to the M.A. committee. The student must be the first author on the technical report, and it must represent new and original work. The targeted length and substance of the Internship report should be discussed with the M.A. committee and agreement reached in advance.

 
Internship,depending on the option0-7 hours minimum
Research Option: no internship hour requirement
 
Internship-Based research Option:
ANG 6915Directed Research in Internship4
 
Internship Option:
ANG 6915Directed Research in Internship4
 
Thesis,depending on the option3-6 hours minimum
Research Option
ANG 6917Thesis10
 
Internship-Based Research Option
ANG 6917Thesis6
 
Internship Option
ANG 6917Thesis3
At least 2 credit hours per semester until thesis is accepted.


College Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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