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Do you have a passion for learning about other cultures? Consider a Master of Arts in Anthropology from UWF and apply your knowledge to help understand and solve society's problems. We offer M.A. degrees in Anthropology and Historical Archaeology.

Why Study Anthropology at UWF?

We have one of the largest and most active terrestrial and maritime archaeology programs and facilities in the Southeast.

We specialize in student-centered research and have continuous opportunities for your professional development in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology Institute.

We emphasize multidisciplinary and collaborative study and research. We provide many supervisory field method courses and specialized internship opportunities.

Our faculty includes two terrestrial archaeologists (prehistoric and historic), two maritime archaeologists, two biological anthropologists (forensic and bio-archaeology) and one medical anthropologist. In addition to faculty in the Department of Anthropology, students in our master's degree programs benefit from additional archaeology faculty members housed within the Archaeology Institute and Florida Public Archaeology Network Northwest Regional Center.

We offer research assistantships in terrestrial and maritime archaeology.

What You Will Learn

The anthropology master's degree program prepares you for a variety of professional positions and entrance into doctoral programs. Our approach combines a strong anthropological perspective, an active faculty, a vigorous research and contract program, flexibility and many opportunities to obtain hands-on experience.

Current student-focused research topics include prehistoric and Colonial historical archaeology, cultural and biological archaeology, industrial archaeology and maritime field excavations and research. Graduate students are involved at all levels of responsibility.

We offer two specializations: anthropology and historical archaeology. Students with an interest in maritime archaeology choose between these tracks, depending on their research interests.

This program requires a thesis.

UWF programs offered at the Pensacola campus or UWF Emerald Coast may require online courses. Please discuss the program requirements and planning with your academic advisor.


You will study all three anthropological subfields offered at UWF, including a minimum of two courses each in biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and archaeology. The anthropology track is appropriate if you plan to pursue a career or further graduate studies in archaeology, biological anthropology or cultural anthropology, or you are looking for more general anthropological coursework than is available in the historical archaeology specialization.

The historical archaeology specialization is designed for students with a strong interest in the archaeology of the post-Columbus period and the combined use of documents and archaeology. You will take courses in cultural resource management and historical research methods in archaeology, along with three electives and thesis research.