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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Chair: Christopher Beekman
Program Assistant:
Connie Turner
Administration Building, 270
Undergraduate Advisor:
John Brett
Graduate Director:
Tammy Stone
Website:  clas.ucdenver.edu/anthropology/


Stephen Koester, PhD, University of Colorado
Tammy Stone, PhD, Arizona State University
David Tracer, PhD, University of Michigan
Associate Professors:
Christopher Beekman, PhD, Vanderbilt University
John Brett, PhD, University of California at San Francisco and Berkeley
Charles Musiba, PhD, University of Chicago
Assistant Professors:
Sarah Horton, PhD, University of New Mexico
Marty Otañez, PhD, University of California-Irvine
Julien Riel-Salvatore, PhD, Arizona State University
Zaneta Thayer, PhD, Northwestern University
Tiffany Terneny, PhD, University of Texas-Austin
Adjunct Faculty:
Sharon Devine, PhD, University of Colorado
Jean Scandlyn, PhD, Columbia University
Sue Woods, PhD, University of Colorado

 Graduate Program

 ►   Graduate School Rules  apply to this program

The unique intellectual challenge of anthropology is to integrate knowledge from many disciplines for a global understanding of cultural and biological diversity in the past and the present. Individual courses in cultural and biological anthropology and archaeology cut across lines of the humanities and social and natural sciences. Because of this integrative perspective on the human condition—and the training provided in objectively assessing cultural patterning and social interaction—anthropology graduates have a strong and versatile base for careers in a variety of fields. Graduates of our program get jobs as professional archaeologists; work in international NGOs as researchers in the health sciences and public health, as college teachers and in international development; while others have been very competitive in prestigious PhD programs (e.g., Berkeley, Pennsylvania, McMasters, Oxford, Stanford).

Specialties and Tracks

CU Denver’s Department of Anthropology provides an outstanding graduate education in anthropology, giving students a broad yet thorough grounding in the three major subfields of anthropology, as well as specialized instruction in one or more research orientations in which department faculty have substantial expertise. The graduate faculty in anthropology are particularly known for their research and publications in medical anthropology; microfinance; human growth and development; experimental economics; visual anthropology; social and cultural factors in HIV and hepatitis; ethnicity; political economy; southwestern, Mexican and Neanderthal archaeology; and urban and community anthropology. Across the specializations there is a strong emphasis on research design and methodology, providing students concrete job-related skills. Area studies emphases include Latin America, East Africa, and the US Southwest. Students also have opportunities to study abroad, to participate in one of several field schools, and to gain international research experience.

Topical Concentrations

  • anthropology of health and the environment
  • archaeological studies
  • biological anthropology

Click here  to learn about the Anthropology MA Plans of Study.

The graduate program in Anthropology is an active participant in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Western Regional Graduate Program (www.WICHE.edu). Students from WICHE states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) pay in-state tuition while maintaining residency in their home state. Just indicate in your application packet that you wish to take advantage of this program.

Application Process

Application is open to holders of a BA, BS or higher degree in any field. We welcome applications from individuals pursuing particular interests and careers, especially those related to one of the areas of concentration noted above. The departmental deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 15 for admission the following fall.

Acceptance to the program is competitive and based on the application as a whole rather than preference in any one area:

  • an undergraduate record of good quality (3.0 GPA or higher for all undergraduate studies)
  • prior training in anthropology*
  • GRE scores (verbal, analytic and quantitative)
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a statement of the applicant’s goals, both in graduate school and in their career, after completing the degree
  • One copy of transcripts from all undergraduate/graduate institutions attended

If you have no prior anthropology training, we encourage you to gain the necessary background as a nondegree student before applying to the graduate program. *Students may be admitted without prior anthropology training, but may be required to make up deficiencies without graduate credit during the course of their graduate study.

Financial Aid

The department offers limited tuition assistance, teaching assistantships and research assistantships for graduate students on a semester-by-semester basis. Appointment is competitive and is typically based on a student’s academic credentials, GRE scores and preparation in anthropology. Contact the department for details. For information on grants, federal work-study programs, scholarships and loans, contact the CU Denver Financial Aid Office (website:  www.ucdenver.edu/student-services/resources/CostsAndFinancing/FA/Pages/FinancialAid.aspx). 

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