Feb 03, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Anthropology, Ph.D.

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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines:  http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 46 beyond MA
Level: Doctoral
CIP Code: 45.0201
Dept. Code: ANT
Major/College Codes: APA AS
Effective: 1984


Archaeological and Forensic Sciences (AAF)
Bio-cultural Medical Anthropology (BCM)
Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
Heritage Studies (HGS)

Also offered as a Concurrent Degree

Contact Information

College: Arts and Sciences
Department: Anthropology

Contact Information:

The Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology, initiated in 1984, was the first doctoral major of its kind and has to date awarded more than 140 degrees. The major is designed to prepare students to conduct research, teach, and practice in both academic and nonacademic settings. Students participate in either a structured research internship or independent field research for two consecutive semesters. Students must choose one of four tracks, which guide curriculum and required courses: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, or Medical Anthropology. In addition, students can select elective courses to fulfill an optional concentration in Archaeological and Forensic Sciences, Biocultural Medical Anthropology, Cultural Resource Management, or Heritage Studies.

Major Research Areas:
Human biology; biocultural medical anthropology; nutrition/diet; growth and development; population genetics; forensic anthropology and human rights; neuroanthropology; stress; immune function; maternal and child health; reproductive health; HIV/AIDS; disasters; water and sanitation; migrant health; health policy; sociocultural and historical anthropology; transnational migration; labor; neoliberal globalization; citizenship; media and visual anthropology; environmental anthropology; urban anthropology; pedagogy and educational anthropology; heritage and memory studies; Florida archaeology; Eastern U.S. prehistory; Mesoamerican archaeology; Mediterranean prehistory; archaeological science; bioarcheaology; cultural resource management; public archeology.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE required
  • Concurrent Degree applicants (Anthropology/Public Health) must also meet GRE requirements for the MPH)
  • a statement of purpose
  • a signed research ethics statement
  • at least 3 letters of recommendation
  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • graduate assistant application form (optional)
  • writing sample (optional)

Curriculum Requirements

Total minimum required hours - 46 hours beyond the M.A.

Core Requirements - 3 hours
Track - 24 hours
Electives - 6 hours minimum
External Curriculum Requirement - 6 hours minimum
Internship - 4 hours
Dissertation - 6 hours
Concentration – Optional – 9-12 hours

Core Requirements (3 Credit Hours)

Must receive a grade of “B” or better. Ph.D. students with a recent (within the past five years) M.A. in Anthropology are not required to take Foundations of Applied Anthropology, although they may do so if their advisor recommends it.

Tracks (24 Credit Hours)

Students select one of the following tracks:

Concentration Requirements (Optional, not required)

Students may select one of the following concentrations:

Concentration in Archaeological and Forensic Sciences (12 Credit Hours)

Two required courses, consisting of

(3 credits each)
Two elective courses (6 Credit Hours)

(3 credits each; one may be outside Anthropology)
External electives that also qualify

(only 1 can count towards concentration):

Concentration in Bio-Cultural Medical Anthropology (12 Credit Hours)

Please Note: the Foundations of Medical Anthropology on-line course offered through the School of Sustainability is a service course intended for non-anthropology students and cannot count towards the Applied Anthropology degree.

Four graduate medical anthropology courses with the ANG prefix:

Concentration in Cultural Resource Management (9 Credit Hours)


One of the following electives:

Graduate Class in Geographic Information Systems

whether offered in Anthropology or another department.

Concentration in Heritage Studies (9 Credit Hours)


  • ANG 6437 - Selected Topics in Applied Anthropology: Issues in Heritage Studies Credit(s): 3
Two electives from among the following options:

Electives (6 Credit Hours Minimum)

Three elective graduate-level Anthropology courses. Two elective graduate-level Anthropology courses for students in the medical anthropology track.

External Curriculum Requirement (6 Credit Hours Minimum)

The external curriculum requirement is designed to promote interdisciplinary perspectives. Students are expected to enroll in a minimum of two (2) or a maximum of three (3) graduate-level courses in departments other than Anthropology, selected on the basis of professional interests and in consultation with the major advisor (if the student takes only two external courses, he/she must take an additional anthropology elective). Students who enter the Ph.D. program with post-baccalaureate degrees in disciplines other than Anthropology may be able to use that expertise to satisfy the requirement, after consultation with the major advisor and approval of the Graduate Director. In these cases, the remaining credit hours will be fulfilled through additional coursework in Anthropology.

Language Requirement

All Ph.D. students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language, the specifics to be determined by the student and the supervisory committee, taking into account the nature of the student’s research. Minimal proficiency is demonstrated by the ability to satisfactorily translate a selection of the scholarly literature in the foreign language, with the occasional aid of a dictionary. The supervisory committee may require additional levels of proficiency depending on the nature of individual student research. The language requirement must be satisfied no later than the date of the dissertation defense.

Internship and Qualifying Examination (4 Credit Hours Minimum)

Qualifying examination covering area of specialization within applied anthropology and external specialization. Two-semester internship or dissertation research ANG 7940 Doctoral Internship in Applied Anthropology  (minimum of 4 credit hours).

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program in Applied Anthropology for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

Students in the Coverdell Program are required to complete internships related to the program of study in underserved American Communities.

For more information on the Fellows Program:

Dissertation (6 Credit Hours Minimum)

Concurrent Degree

Also available as a Concurrent Degrees  

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