Program Requirements

Students selecting the thesis option must complete 33 hours of basic course work, as described below, plus 6 hours of thesis credit. Students selecting the non-thesis option must complete 39 hours of course work.These 39 hours consist of 33 hours of basic course work, as described below, plus an additional 6 hours of electives selected in consultation with the anthropology graduate student advisor. Students selecting the non-thesis alternative are encouraged to conduct an internship project or special research project as part of their graduate training.

Anthropology graduate course descriptions are available in the current NMSU Graduate Catalog. The 33 hours of basic course work for students selecting either the thesis or non-thesis options are distributed as follows:

(1) All graduate students must take:

  • ANTH 505: Issues in Anthropological Practice (earning a grade of B or better)

(2) Students are required to take a core theory course in their respective subdiscipline PLUS one additional core theory class in another subdiscipline.

  • Students in the archaeology subfield must complete ANTH 585: Method and Theory in Archaeology, earning a grade of B or better.
  • Students in the biological anthropology subfield must complete ANTH 513: Biological Anthropology, earning a grade of B or better.
  • Students in the cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics subfields must complete ANTH 500: Seminar in Anthropological Theory, earning a grade of B or better.

(3) Students are also required to take an additional topical/methodological/area course in their respective subfield, earning a grade of B or better.

A. Students in the archaeology subfield will choose a course from the following options:

  • ANTH 507: Advanced Studies in Archaeology
  • ANTH 510: Southwestern Anthropology
  • ANTH 511: Mesoamerican Anthropology
  • ANTH 514: Advanced Issues in the Archaeology of Religion
  • ANTH 516: Advanced Archaeology of the American Southwest
  • ANTH 517: Advanced Topics in Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • ANTH 518: Advanced Historical Archaeology
  • ANTH 519: Advanced Topics in Prehistoric Archaeology
  • ANTH 526: Conquest of the New World
  • ANTH 540: Cultural Resource Management
  • ANTH 577: Faunal Analysis
  • ANTH 578: Advanced Lab Methods in Archaeology

B. Students in the biological anthropology subfield will choose a course from the following options:

  • ANTH 506: Special Topics: Dental Anthropology
  • ANTH 530: Forensic Anthropology and Human Osteology
  • ANTH 531: Issues in Nutritional Anthropology
  • ANTH 534: Advanced Human Evolution
  • ANTH 537: Applied Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 572: Advanced Primate Behavior and Ecology
  • ANTH 573: Advanced Primate Adaptation and Evolution
  • ANTH 574: Advanced Human Osteology

C. Students in the cultural/linguistic anthropology subfields will choose a course from the following options:

  • ANTH 508: Advanced Studies in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 509: Advanced Studies in Anthropological Linguistics
  • ANTH 510: Southwestern Anthropology
  • ANTH 511: Mesoamerican Anthropology
  • ANTH 520: Ethnographic Field Methods
  • ANTH 525: Issues in Language and Culture
  • ANTH 526: Conquest of the New World
  • ANTH 532: Advanced Issues in the Anthropology of Religion
  • ANTH 533: Advanced Issues in Women, Gender, and Culture
  • ANTH 535: Economic Anthropology
  • ANTH 536: Anthropology of Development
  • ANTH 538: Plants, Culture, and Sustainable Development
  • ANTH 539: Culture and Foodways

(4) Students will earn an additional 21 credits, at least 15 of which must be in anthropology.

Finally, students will earn 6 credits of thesis (ANTH 599), internship (ANTH 597), special research problems (ANTH 598), or additional courses.