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Programs in Applied Anthropology (COPAA Members)

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This is a list of all COPAA member programs. There are other programs that offer an applied anthropology specialization but are not currently COPAA members. Some COPAA member programs focus mainly on applied and practicing anthropology, while others include it as one among several specializations.

Programs are listed in alphabetical order by university, except that the phrase “university of” is not included in alphabetization. For example, “University of Alaska” is listed under “Alaska.” You may view details of each program by selecting the link from the list below.

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University of Alaska—Anchorage

Areas of specialization:

  • Cultural resource management
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Alaska native art and aesthetics
  • Alaska Native Studies in cooperation with the Alaska Native Studies Program at UAA
  • Ecological anthropology and political ecology
  • Urban anthropology
  • Medical anthropology in cooperation with School of Nursing and Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at UAA
  • Historic and prehistoric Alaskan archaeology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Maritime Anthropology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Arts

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American University

Areas of specialization:

  • Race, gender, and social justice
  • Public archaeology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • PhD

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University of Arizona

Areas of specialization:

  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Cultural Resource Studies

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • PhD

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California State University—East Bay

Areas of specialization:

  • Community college teaching
  • Museums

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts

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California State University—Long Beach

Areas of specialization:

  • Medical anthropology
  • Urban anthropology with a focus on communities and organizations
  • Anthropology of education
  • Applied linguistics

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts

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University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Areas of specialization:

  • Health and Life Conditions
  • Globalisation, Conflict and Security
  • Migration and Social Mobility
  • Organisation, Materiality and Creativity
  • Society and Nature

Degrees Granted:

  • MA in Anthropology
  • MA in Anthropology and People-Centered Business
  • PhD in Anthropology

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University of Florida—Gainesville

Areas of specialization:

  • Medical anthropology
  • Archaeology and cultural resource management
  • Development, Environment, and Policy
  • Latin America, Africa, Asia
  • Forensic anthropology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • PhD

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DePaul University

Areas of specialization:

  • Community-Based Applied Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Community Archaeology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts

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George Washington University

Areas of specialization:

  • For MA:
    • Museum training
    • International development
    • Folklife
  • For PhD:
    • Hominid paleobiology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts/ Science
  • Master of Arts/ Science
  • PhD

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University of Georgia

Areas of specialization:

  • Ecological and environmental anthropology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Science in Archaeological Resource Management
  • PhD

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Georgia State University

Areas of specialization:

  • Urban Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Educational Anthropology
  • Public Archaeology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts

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Indiana University—Purdue University at Indianapolis

Areas of specialization:

  • Community and Public Archaeology
  • Museum studies (undergraduate certificate available)
  • Urban anthropology
  • Medical anthropology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology

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University of Kansas

Areas of specialization:

  • Medical anthropology
  • Gender and class
  • Neoliberal globalization and development
  • Endangered languages and discourse analysis
  • Indigenous peoples and identity formation
  • Lithics, ceramics, and evolutionary ecology
  • Ancient and modern food systems

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • PhD

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University of Kentucky

Areas of specialization:

  • Gender, ecology and economy
  • Development anthropology
  • Life course and aging
  • Medical anthropology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts/ Science
  • Master of Arts/ Science
  • PhD

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University of Maryland

Areas of specialization:

  • Anthropology of environment
  • Anthropology of health
  • Anthropology of heritage

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Applied Anthropology
  • PhD

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University of Memphis

Areas of specialization:

  • M.A. with Concentration in Medical Anthropology
    • Foci: health disparities, health risk, and healthcare systems
  • M.A. with Concentration in Globalization, Development, and Culture
    • Foci: community development, environmental justice and sustainability, and cultural identity and heritage
  • Graduate Certificate Programs:
    • Museum Studies
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • American Humanics Non-profit Administration
    • Women's Studies
  • Other focus areas:
    • Community & neighborhood development
    • Cultural identity and human rights
    • Tourism development and ecotourism
    • Environmental justice and health
    • Education and anthropology
    • Alcohol and drug use
    • Family and maternal-child health
    • Food systems and nutrition
    • Mental health and health risk
    • Museum studies

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts

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Mississippi State University

Areas of specialization:

  • Environmental archaeology
  • Applied/public archaeology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Applied cultural anthropology
    • Medical anthropology
    • Environmental anthropology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology

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Missouri State University

Areas of specialization:

  • Cultural resource management
  • Public archaeology
  • Cultural and historic preservation
  • Medical anthropology
  • Ethnohistory
  • Ethnography
  • Tourism
  • International development
  • Community-based research and development
  • Migration

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science

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Montclair State University

Areas of specialization:

  • Community Development
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Urban Anthropology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts

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New Mexico State University

Areas of specialization:

  • Medical anthropology
  • Nutritional anthropology and food studies
  • Borderlands research
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Gender and development

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
    • Graduate Certificates in Cultural Resource Management, Museum Studies, and Public Health
    • Graduate Minors in Native American Studies, Food Studies

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University of North Carolina—Charlotte

Areas of specialization:

  • Food systems
  • Gender
  • Globalization
  • Medical anthropology
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Public anthropology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts

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University of North Carolina—Greensboro

Areas of specialization:

  • General focus

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts

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Northern Illinois University

Areas of specialization:

  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Development
  • Social Services (NGO & Governmental Organizations)
  • Agricultural Anthropology
  • Environment
  • Medical Anthropology & Public Health
  • Maritime Anthropology
  • Conflict Resolution

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts with a Departmental Certificate in Applied Anthropology

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University of North Texas

Areas of specialization:

  • Business anthropology
  • Migration and border studies
  • Medical anthropology
  • Anthropology of education
  • Environmental and ecological anthropology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts/Science (Both On-Campus and Online Options)
  • Dual Master's in Applied Anthropology and Public Health

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Northern Arizona University

Areas of specialization:

  • Medical anthropology
  • Visual anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Cultural preservation
  • Cultural resource management
  • Public archaeology
  • Corporate anthropology
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Museums
  • Education

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts

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Oregon State University

Areas of specialization:

  • American Indians Past and Present
  • Business Anthropology
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Health and Culture
  • Historical Archeology
  • Human Biological Adaptation
  • Language and Cross Cultural Communication
  • Natural Resources and Communities

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts/ Science
  • Master of Arts
  • PhD in Applied Anthropology

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Portland State University

Areas of specialization:

  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Global Identity
  • Health
  • Education

Degrees Granted:

  • Master of Arts/Master of Science (thesis and nonthesis policy track options)

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Santa Clara University

Areas of specialization:

  • Migration
  • Urban environmentalism
  • Cultural resource management
  • Human ecology
  • Primate ecology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Science

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San Diego State University

Areas of specialization:

  • Medical anthropology
  • Environmental and ecological anthropology
  • Environmental conservation
  • Anthropology of development

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts

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San Jose State University

Areas of specialization:

  • Urban Anthropology
  • Health
  • Immigration
  • Regional sustainability, Northern California, Silicon Valley
  • Business, technology

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology

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University of South Florida

Areas of specialization:

  • Medical anthropology
  • Migration
  • Media studies
  • Heritage studies
  • Public archaeology
  • Cultural resource management
  • Applied biological anthropology
  • Forensic anthropology
  • International development
  • Human rights
  • Neuroanthropology
  • Environment and sustainability

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • PhD
  • Concentration in biocultural medical anthropology
  • Concentration in heritage studies
  • Concentration in cultural resource management
  • Concentration in archaeological and forensic science
  • Dual degree in Anthropology/Public Health (PhD/MPH and MA/MPH)

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University of Texas at San Antonio

Areas of specialization:

  • Archaeology of the Maya lowlands and Andean South America
  • Archaeology of Texas and the Greater Southwest
  • Primate behavioral and conservation ecology in Southeast Asia and Africa
  • Resource management practices and human-animal relations in island Pacific
  • Indigenous and environmental politics in lowland and Andean South America
  • Cultural anthropology of Texas and the Plains
  • Ethnography and applied anthropology of Mexico and the United States
  • Medical anthropology of the US-Mexico border region

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • Ph.D. with emphasis in Environmental Anthropology

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Wayne State University

Areas of specialization:

  • Medical anthropology
  • Business anthropology
  • Technology and culture (affiliated with the Institute for Information Technology and Culture, a research institute dedicated to addressing the cultural and organizational challenges of information technology)

Degrees Granted:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • PhD

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Susan Hyatt
Co-Chair, COPAA
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
IUPUI
Cavanaugh Hall 413
425 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-278-4548
suhyatt@iupui.edu