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Anthropology

Graduate Certificate in Public Anthropology

The certificate program in public anthropology is designed for individuals seeking to address issues of economic freedom, human rights, and social justice through a public anthropology lens. Students can build competency in the field of public anthropology while working full-time without the commitment of a full graduate degree program. Most classes are offered in the evenings. No more than 12 credit hours of this graduate certificate may be transferred into a degree program.


Admission to the Program

Open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. Students must complete 6 credit hours with grades of C or better in anthropology courses at the 200 level or above, or have internship experience in a related field before beginning course work for the certificate. 


Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved course work with at least 6 credit hours at the 600-level or above, with grades of C or better 
  • Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit. 

Course Requirements

  • ANTH-541 Anthropology and State Policy (3) or ANTH-542 Reinventing Applied Anthropology (3) 
  • 12 credit hours in graduate public anthropology courses with at least 6 credit hours at the 600 level or above, chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

Application Deadline

The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process for this certificate. Students can apply at any time of the year.

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