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Anthropology - Master's

Availability: Hattiesburg Option*

Why Study Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of the human condition, both biological and cultural, across space and time. All societies are confronted with the same issues, from how to adapt to their environment to deciding whom they may marry to understanding the afterlife, but there are myriad ways that these issues are solved. Anthropologists gain an understanding and appreciation of these approaches as they explore the alternative ways of being human.

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3Dual Degree Programs
2Thesis Format Options
10Graduate Assistantships

What Will I Learn?

Students will gain a range of skill sets that can be applied in many settings. Cultural anthropologists will be introduced to ethnographic methods, including surveys and participant observation, as they immerse themselves in the community under study. Those specializing in archaeology and bioarchaeology will learn excavation methods as well as laboratory analysis of artifacts and human remains to reconstruct past lifeways, particularly in the Southeast and Mesoamerica. Students interested in primatology will be taught primate observation methods as well as laboratory techniques for nutritional analysis.

What Are The Faculty Research Specializations?

Dr. Katie Smith is interested in captive primate behavior, nutrition, and health, and the evolution of diet related chronic disease. Dr. Marie Danforth, a bioarchaeologist, has worked with Maya and Southeastern populations looking at impacts of colonialism on health. Dr. Bridget Hayden is a cultural anthropologist interested in globalization and political-economic change, working in Central America and Mississippi. Dr. Ed Jackson is a archaeologist who specializes in Southeastern prehistory, especially focusing on faunal analysis.


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  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Laboratory Manager
  • College Instructor
  • Business Consultant
  • Museum Curator
  • Heather Guzik (2016)
     Anatomy Laboratory Instructor, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • H. Denise Saucier (2018) 
    Director, Long Beach Public Library
  • Nic Glass (2018)
    Archaeologist, Alabama National Guard
  • Dawn Klos (2017) 
    Doctoral Student, History and Humanities, Trinity University, Dublin
  • C. Brady Davis (2015)
    Director, Homeland Affairs, Division of Heritage Preservation, Department of Culture and Humanities, The Chickasaw Nation