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Anthropology (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Ph.D. program in Anthropology at UTSA offers a four-field approach to training and research in environmental anthropology. Environmental anthropology develops empirical understandings of how humans culturally construct and organize their environments, and of the power relations embedded in these activities. The over-riding research agenda is one of praxis, the merging of theory and practice toward new syntheses, new ways of understanding, and new forms of engagement. At base, therefore, environmental anthropology is an applied social science, expressly directing anthropological knowledge toward the resolution of real-world problems. The doctoral program in anthropology at UTSA will prepare leading professionals for applied fields as well as academic research and teaching careers. Graduate course offerings view environmental anthropology through multiple lenses: political economy, landscape ecology, cultural ecology and evolution, medical anthropology, and primate conservation and behavioral ecology.

Why pursue a Ph.D. in Anthropology at UTSA?

  • Four-field training
  • The focus of anthropology and the environment
  • Varied field opportunities

Admission requirements and pre-requisites:

Applicants for admission to the Ph.D. program in Anthropology must satisfy all University-wide graduate admission requirements. Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants often exceed minimum requirements.  Applicants must submit a complete Graduate School Application. For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog.

Complete applications include:

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English. 

Graduate School Application: Yes

Test Scores: General GRE Required, not older than five years.

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required, attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.

Statement of Purpose: Yes, a written personal statement/essay describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Anthropology (750-900 words).

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS score (for International Applicants): International students must have a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL Internet-based test, 550 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Writing Sample:  Previous coursework.

Career Options

  • Museum curators and anthropologists
  • Cultural resource management
  • Teachers
  • Applied anthropology in non-governmental organizations
  • Further graduate work, e.g. PhD, MPP, MPH, MD

Research Opportunities

Faculty research specializations include:

  • 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
  • Conservation and mining practices in the South Pacific
  • Indigenous and environmental politics in lowland and Andean South America
  • The cultural anthropology of Texas and the Plains
  • Medical anthropology of the U.S.-Mexico border region

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Thad Q. Bartlett, Ph.D.
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Telephone: (210) 458-5712

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Course Scheduling and Offerings

Typically, our graduate courses are offered on weekday afternoons. Classes may either meet once a week for three hours or twice a week for 1.5 hours each. We do not currently offer night or weekend classes.