University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Department of Anthropology
PO Box 413 Milwaukee WI UNITED STATES
Phone+1 414.229.4175
General Description / Special Programs

Emphasis is on well-rounded training in anthropology with a number of options for special concentration that students may choose. In conjunction with the Milwaukee Public Museum, the department has a Museum Studies Certificate option. There is also an option for a joint Anthropology/Library and Information Sciences Master's degree. There are options for certificates in Forensic Sciences and Celtic Studies at the undergraduate level. The Archaeological Research Laboratory maintains a cultural resource management program, an archaeology field school, and facilities for specialized analysis in lithics, ceramics, osteology, soils, microbotanical, and faunal remains. The biological laboratories have research facilities for forensics, primate genetics and anatomy. The library also maintains access to the Human Relations Area Files.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MS, BA major, minor
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Certificate Field Areas
Museum Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Major requires 33 credits within the department, including 101, 102, 103, 105; one course (300 level or higher) from each of the four subfields (Physical, archaeology, cultural and linguistic anthropology); a methods course; and a senior capstone class. At least 15 credits in advanced level courses must be taken in residence at UWM. Overall GPA of 2.5 or better (4.0 basis) in anthropology courses.
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements Overall grade point of 3.00 (4.00 basis), equivalent of major in anthropology, 30 credits plus thesis and oral exam (defense of thesis). Required courses: three core courses (biological/physical, archaeology, sociocultural), two methods courses, and one advanced seminar.
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements (1) 54 graduate credits beyond bachelor's degree, at least 27 of which must be earned in residence. (2) Mastery of general theory in anthropology. (3) Three required core courses in biological/physical, archaeology and sociocultural anthropology, or equivalent coursework at graduate level, plus an advanced seminar in the student's subfield. (4) Any special skill or language requirement and the time of its fulfillment is determined and attested to by the student's advising committee. (5) Successful completion of Comprehensive Preliminary Exam, based on student's dissertation interests, broadly defined. (6) A research proposal suitable for funding. (7) Field or laboratory research. (8) A dissertation based on research of acceptable quality, duration and scope. (9) A final oral exam (defense of the dissertation).
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

UROP, Medical Examiners Office

Support Opportunities

Graduate: Fellowships, scholarships, research and teaching assistantships ranging from $500 to $16,750 are available to qualified applicants via Department or university-wide competitions

Program Details
Research Facilities

Archaeological Research Laboratory, UWM Cultural Resource Management Program, Center for Celtic Studies, Center for Forensic Sciences, Biological/Physical Anthropology Laboratory, Human Relations Area Files Access



Certs Offered 1
Employees1 to 25
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Anth 101 (Intro to Anth); Anth 102 (Culture and Society); Anth 103 (Digging Up the Past); Anth 104 (Survey of World Societies); Anth 213 (Indian Peoples of Wisconsin); Anth 214 (Ancient Civilizations of Latin America); Anth 225 (The Aztec Empire); Anth 304 (Violence and Warfare in Prehistory); Anth 309 (Archaeology of Central and South America); Anth 305 (The Celtic World); Anth 313 (Archaeology of the American Southwest); Anth 446 (Child in Different Cultures); Anth 568 (Anthropological Statistics)

Application Deadlines
For Fall admission: January 15; For Spring admission: September 15
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Anthropology Students meet in Sabin Hall; President: Mikayla Fehring;
Anthropology Club Advisor: Catherine Jones
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1