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Public Anthropology (Graduate Certificate)

Offered by the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, 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. Note: 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 coursework for the certificate.

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved coursework 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

Required (3 credit hours)

Complete one of the following:

Electives (12 credit hours)

  • 12 credit hours in graduate public anthropology courses with at least 6 credit hours at or above 600-level, 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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