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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 45.0201
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 98
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 46

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Anthopology 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 Ph.D. program in Applied Anthropology, initiated in 1984, was the first doctoral program of its kind and has to date awarded more than 140 degrees.The program is designed to prepare students to conduct research, teach, and practice in both academic and nonacademic settings. Students participate in either a structured research internship or independent field research for two consecutive semesters. Students must choose one of four tracks, which guide curriculum and required courses: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, or Medical Anthropology. In addition, students can select elective courses to fulfill an optional concentration in Archaeological and Forensic Sciences, Biocultural Medical Anthropology, Cultural Resource Management, or Heritage Studies.

For information regarding the dual degree Ph.D./MPH program with the College of Public Health, see the separate listing under Applied Anthropology and 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.Applicants must take the GRE, and provide the results in the application process. GRE scores will be a factor in the overall admissions decision. Dual degree applicants (Anthropology/Public Health) will be required to meet any GRE requirements specific to the College of Public Health.

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: 46 hours beyond the M.A.
     Core Requirements3 hours
     Track24 hours
     Electives6 hours minimum
     External Curriculum Requirement6 hours minimum
     Internship4 hours
     Dissertation6 hours
     Concentration Optional 9-12 hours
ANG6705Foundations of Applied Anthropology3
Must receive a grade of “B” or better. Ph.D. students with a recent (within the past five years) M.A. in Anthropology are not required to take Foundations of Applied Anthropology, although they may do so if their advisor recommends it.
Students select one of the following tracks:
Archaeology Track: 24 hours
ANG 6198Archaeological Methods3
ANG 6110Archaeological Theory and Current Issues3
ANG 6197Public Archaeology and 3
ANG 7487Advanced Quantitative Research Methods and 3
ANG 6115Seminar in Archaeology: Advanced Archaeologoical Theory3
Biological Anthropology Track24 hours
ANG 7487 Quantitative Research Methods3
ANG 6701 Contemporary Applied Anthropology3
ANG 6511 Human Variation3
ANG 6585 Theory and Methods in Applied Bioanthropology3
ANG 6766 Research Methods in Applied Anthropology3
Cultural Anthropology Track 24 hours
ANG 6494Anthropological Theory Today 3
ANG 6701Contemporary Applied Anthropology3
ANG 6766Research Methods in Applied Anthropology3
ANG 7704Legal and Ethical Aspects of Applied Anthropology3
ANG 7487 Quantitative Research Methods3
Medical Anthropology Track24 hours
ANG 6494 Anthropological Theory Today 3
ANG 6701 Contemporary Applied Anthropology3
ANG 6766 Research Methods in Applied Anthropology3
ANG 7704 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Applied Anthropology3
ANG 7487 Quantitative Research Methods3
ANG 6469 Theory and Methods in Medical Anthropology3
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 Anthropology (12 hours)
Four graduate medical anthropology courses with the ANG prefix:
  • 1.ANG 6469: Theory and Methods in Medical Anthropology
  • 2.ANG 6511 Theory and Methods of Applied Biological Anthropology
  • 3.ANG 6511 Seminar in Physical Anthropology (e.g. Human Variation, Anthropology of Growth and Development, Forensic Anthropology)
  • 4.ANG 6566, 6569, 6469, or 5937 (e.g. Nutritional Anthropology, Socio-Cultural Aspects of HIV/AIDS, Issues in Migrant Health, Anthropology and Development, Reproductive Health, Health and Medical Systems)
Please Note: the Foundations of Medical Anthropology on-line course offered through the School of Sustainability is a service course intended for non-athro9plogy students and cannot count towards the Applied Anthropology degree.
Concentration in Cultural Resource Management (9 hours)
ANG 6197 Public Archaeology 3
ANG 6115 Seminar in Archaeology; Current Issues and Techniques in Cultural Resources Management 3
One of the following electives:
ANG 6448Regional Problems in Urban Anthropology: Issues in Heritage Tourism (or other as approvedby Graduate Director)
ANG 6115Topics in Public Archaeology (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.
Concentration in Heritage Studies 9 hours
ANG 6437Selected Topics in Applied Anthpology: Issues in Heritage Studies3
Two electives from among the following options:
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 the topic is 'Language and Culture' or 'Language and Racism')
ANG 7487Quantitative Research Methods3
Electives6 hours minimum
Three elective graduate level Anthropology courses. Two elective graduate level Anthropology courses for students in the medical anthropology track.
External Curriculum Requirement6 hours minimum
The external curriculum requirement is designed to promote interdisciplinary perspectives. Students are expected to enroll in a minimum of two (2) or a maximum of three (3) graduate level courses in departments other than Anthropology, selected on the basis of professional interests and in consultation with the major advisor (if the student takes only two external courses, he/she must take an additional anthropology elective) . Students who enter the Ph.D. program with post-baccalaureate degrees in disciplines other than Anthropology may be able to use that expertise to satisfy the requirement, after consultation with the major advisor and approval of the Graduate Director. In these cases, the remaining credit hours will be fulfilled through additional coursework in Anthropology.
Language Requirement
All Ph.D. students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language, the specifics to be determined by the student and the supervisory committee, taking into account the nature of the student's research. Minimal proficiency is demonstrated by the ability to satisfactorily translate a selection of the scholarly literature in the foreign language, with the occasional aid of a dictionary. The supervisory committee may require additional levels of proficiency depending on the nature of individual student research. The language requirement must be satisfied no later than the date of the dissertation defense.
Internship and Qualifying examination 4 hours minimum
Qualifying examination covering area of specialization within applied anthropology and external specialization. Two-semester internship or dissertation research ANG 7940 (Doctoral Internship in Applied Anthropology, minimum of 4 credit hours).
Dissertation 6 credits minimum
ANG 7980 Doctoral Dissertation.
Dissertation, based on research or internship

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