TU adds anthropology doctoral degree

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for the program.

The University of Tulsa is accepting applications for a new doctoral program in anthropology with an emphasis in archeology that will begin in fall 2012.

The doctoral program builds upon the university’s successful Department of Anthropology, its established domestic and international research programs, government contacts in applied archeology and the newly established Museum Science and Management master’s degree that accompanies TU’s management of the world-renowned Gilcrease Museum.

TU students and faculty have unparalleled opportunity to engage with Gilcrease Museum, which is home to the world's largest, most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West. The museum has long been recognized as one of the country's premier facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history.

The university also maintains one of the nation’s largest Near Eastern archeological collections, which includes more than 500,000 lithic artifacts. The university also holds collections from the American Southern Plains.

The anthropology doctoral program will initially focus on applied archeology, building on the department’s existing academic strengths and resources. The core courses in the program will provide an understanding of theory, while also offering students practical methodological skills that enable them to implement their research within their area of concentration.

Program graduates will be prepared for careers in the public and private sectors, including museums, universities, and government agencies.

TU anthropology students have been placed in research projects worldwide that broaden the student experience beyond traditional classroom experience.

Professor Michael Whalen, department chair, said that there has been an increase in demand for applied archeology and cultural resource management. A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted a nearly 30 percent growth in job opportunities within the field.

In addition to the museum science and management master’s graduate degree, TU offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology.


Donald O. Henry