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
| Required Degree
||A B.A., B.S., or M.A. degree in anthropology or related area.
| Other Degree Requirements
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed a Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
||Three letters of recommendation, 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
||A 750-900 word statement describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Anthropology
| Test Scores
||General GRE, not older than five years.
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, email@example.com, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
| International Applicants
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
||A writing sample.
- Museum curators and anthropologists
- Cultural resource management
- Applied anthropology in non-governmental organizations
- Further graduate work, e.g. PhD, MPP, MPH, MD
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
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.