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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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:
Heide Castaneda
Phone: 813-974-2138


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The M.A. program, 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 Master's program in Applied Anthropology 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.

For information regarding the dual degree M.A./MPH program 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.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

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

Admission Requirements

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

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) established by USF. While the GRE is required, there is no minimum score for admission into the program. Other admission requirements include:

Program Admission Requirements

  • 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


Program Degree Requirements

Total required hours (40)
     Core Requirements6 hours
     Track24 hours
     Internship4 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
ORANG 6585 Seminar in Physical Anthropology:Theory and Methods 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
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 6115 Archaeological Science 3
ANG 6588 Forensic Anthropology or ANG 6511 Forensic Science 3
Two electives courses (3 credits each; one may be outside Anthropology):6
ANG 6145Ancient Diets
ANG 6193Ancient Trade
ANG 6511Anthrogenetics
ANB 6586Bioarchaeology
ANG 6588Forensic Anthropology
ANG 6515Intro to Forensic Science
ANG 6511Advanced Methods in Forensic Anthropology
ANG 5520Human Osteology
ANG 6115Soils
ANG 6115Technologies 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)
Concentration in Bio-cultural Medical Anthropology12 hours
Four graduate medical anthropology courses with the ANG prefix:
1.ANG 6469 - Selected Topics in Medical Anthropology: Theory and Methods in Medical Anthropology
2.ANG 6511 - Seminar in Physical Anthropology: Theory and Methods of Applied Biological Anthropology
3.ANG 6511 - Seminar in Physical Anthropology (e.g. Human Variation, Anthropology of Growth and Development, or Forensic Anthropology)
4.ANG 6566, 6730, 6469, or 5937 (e.g. Nutritional Anthropology, Socio-Cultural Aspects of HIV/AIDS, Issues in Migrant Health, Anthropology and Development, Reproductive Health, ANG 6404 Health & Medical Systems) (students select one)
Please Note: the Foundations of Medical Anthropology on-line course offered through the School of Sustainability is a service course intended for non-anthropology students and cannot count towards the Applied Anthropology degree.
Concentration in Cultural Resource Management 9 hours
ANG 6197 Public Archaeology3
ANG 6115 Special Topics in Archaeology: Current Issues and Techniques in Cultural Resources Management3
One of the following electives:
ANG 6448Regional Problems in Urban Anthropology: Issues in Heritage Tourism 3
(or other as approved by Graduate Director)
ANG 6115Topics in Public Archaeology 3
(Historical Archaeology, Florida Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeology, Museum Methods, or other as approved by Graduate Director)
Graduate class in Geographic Information Systems, whether offered in Anthropology or another department.
Graduate students pursuing a concentration in Cultural Resource Management must take the basic course requirements of their graduate program.
Concentration in Heritage Studies9 hours
ANG 6437 Selected Topics in Applied Anthropology: Issues in Heritage Studies3
Two electives from among the following options:6 hours
ANG 5395Visual Anthropology3
ANG 6081Museum Methods4
ANG 6197Public Archaeology3
ANG 6436Issues in Heritage Tourism3
ANG 6448Regional Problems in Urban Anthropology 3
(topics include Ethnohistory,Museums in Culture,Ethnicity and Public Policy,Heritage Research and Management,Culture and Environmental Resources)
ANG 6676Seminar in Anthropological Linguistics 3
(when topic is 'Language and Culture' or 'Language and Racism')
ANG 7487Quantitative Research Methods3
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.
Internship4 hours minimum
ANG 6915 Directed Research in Internship (4)
Thesis6 hours minimum
ANG 6971 Thesis (2)
At least 2 credit hours per semester until thesis is accepted.

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