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Graduate Course Information

Current and Planned Course Offerings

Anthropology Specific Courses

ANTH 590 Internship

Talk to your graduate advisor about internship opportunities.

ANTH 596 Independent Study

Talk to your graduate advisor about Independent Study opportunities.

ANTH 686 Preliminary Examination

686 MASTER’S PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION (Variable Credit). An early assessment of a student’s potential to complete a master’s program satisfactorily. Considerable autonomy is granted to the academic unit in the design, administration, and evaluation of the preliminary examination. Pass/fail only. Learn more about ANTH 686.

Anthropology Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)

Designing Healthier Communities VIP 500

Participate in faculty research and engage in projects with community partners in a variety of roles providing direct experience with diverse user research (UX) practices, from field observations to interview transcription. You will analyze and interpret data and develop insights relevant to design decisions.

Dr. House and Dr. Spear at VIP Showcase, collecting insights on affordable off-campus housing

Experience Gained

Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the following areas:

  • case studies
  • design thinking
  • fieldwork
  • participant/study observations
  • quantitative research methods
  • structured interviewing.

Learn more about this VIP course. 

Human-Animal Interactions VIP 500

Why do so many people own pets? What role do our connections with other species play in solving society’s biggest challenges? This team explores the evolutionary foundations of behavior, cognition, and emotion that influence communication, cooperation, and other traits that connect all living beings.

Photo of statue: Dog Effigy Vessel, Colima dog (100 BC-AD 300) Location: Walters Art Museum
Dog Effigy Vessel, Colima dog (100 BC-AD 300) Location: Walters Art Museum

Experience Gained

Students will have the opportunity to engage in the brainstorming, collaboration, and research process by probing questions about human-animal relationships across space and time. This experience will provide you with new skills and knowledge such as:

  • Explore the similarities and differences in the behavior, cognition, and emotion of humans and other species.
  • Develop a One Health perspective toward the welfare of humans and other species.
  • Professional Outcomes: – Experiment with the research process, up to and including reading, writing, brainstorming, data curation, analysis, and presentation to academic and general audiences. – Take part in ongoing research or develop individual or group projects.

Learn more about the Human-Animal Interactions VIP course.