By studying Applied Anthropology at the University of North Texas, you'll have the opportunity to work with nonprofit and for-profit community agencies and learn how to help solve some of society's most compelling problems.
The Master of Science or Master of Arts degree in Applied Anthropology teaches you to take informed and thoughtful action as a street-level practitioner, administrator, agency-based researcher or program evaluator. A dual degree is also available in Applied Anthropology and Public Health through a cooperative effort with the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth. The master's programs can prepare you to enter a doctoral program, as well.
The Department of Anthropology offers several unique advantages including:
In addition to their geographic expertise, our faculty members have extensive backgrounds in migration, race and ethnicity, sustainable communities, and bilingual education. Some of their research has explored:
You're not required to choose a specific track, but the department offers several specialties.
Anthropology of Education focuses on understanding different aspects of the educational process.
Business, Technology and Design Anthropology includes the areas of communication in the workplace, consumer behavior, diversity, globalization, human-computer interaction, marketing, organizational analysis and change, teams, and user-centered design.
Environmental and Ecological Anthropology includes community-based conservation of natural and cultural resources, cultural landscapes and seascapes, environmental justice, ethnoecology, globalization and environmental policy, human ecology, indigenous peoples and protected areas, political ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, sustainable development and world views concerning the environment.
Medical Anthropology focuses on health issues of ethnic minorities, migrants and refugees; healthcare delivery; indigenous medicine; and public health.
Migration and Border Studies include the situations of migrants and refugees, cultures of Latin America and experiences of Mexicanos and Latinos in the U.S.
You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and specific program requirements. Program requirements include:
More details are available at the Anthropology website.
You'll need to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language if you are pursuing the M.A. You're required to take a course in an additional skill appropriate to your specialty if you're pursuing the M.S. Both degrees require completion of:
The M.S./M.P.H. dual degree requires 63 credit hours, including thesis. Specific course requirements and descriptions are available in our catalog.
The department funds scholarships and tuition waivers to help you pursue your master's degree. The graduate committee recommends nominees based on their first-year status and academic achievements. On-campus students must take at least 9 credit hours, while online students must take at least 6 credit hours.
Several teaching assistant and grader positions are also available.
Beverly Ann Davenport, Principal Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director; Ph.D., University of California-San Francisco and Berkeley. Anthropology and social epidemiology of chronic disease, especially hypertension, type II diabetes and obesity; the role of race and class in health disparities in the U.S.; communication processes in medical care; medical professional socialization processes; qualitative methods in program evaluation.
Doug Henry, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Southern Methodist University. Medical anthropology; refugee and immigrant health; international and public health; demographic impacts of culture change; the Internet; international disaster relief; violence; culture of sleep disorders; Africa.
Lisa Henry, Associate Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., Southern Methodist University. Crosscultural health beliefs and treatments; healthcare decision making and alternative medicine; evaluation of healthcare delivery in hospitals and clinics; patient response and compliance to treatment plan; curriculum evaluation in medical schools.
Pankaj Jain, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa. Asian religious communities; Asian religious communities' environmentalist practices; the interactions between religion and environmental ethics.
Ann T. Jordan, Professor; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma. Business anthropology; organizational culture; self-managed work teams; organizational diversity; American Indians, especially urban American Indian groups and traditional medicine people.
Andrew Nelson, Lecturer; Ph.D., University of Virginia. Space and social relations; migration; urban planning; architecture; media; Nepal.
Mariela Nuņez-Janes, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of New Mexico. Anthropology of education; bilingual education; multiculturalism; hidden curriculum and critical pedagogy; race and ethnicity; nationalism; Latinos; whiteness; border studies; U.S. Southwest; applied implications of "insider" research.
Alicia Re Cruz, Professor; Ph.D., University at Albany. Migrants and refugees; displacement; border studies; Hispanic culture and society; Latin America; Mesoamerican culture; Maya culture and society; rural-urban migration; social change; tourism; transnationalism; peasant societies.
Susan Squires, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Boston University. Organizational culture; design anthropology; research theory and methodology in business and design; practicing anthropology.
Jonathan Tomhave, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington. Media studies; film production; colonial efforts in mainstream media systems and the decolonization efforts by American Indians and First Nations peoples.
James Veteto, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Georgia. Environmental and ecological anthropology; sustainability of traditional food systems; heirloom seeds and culinary traditions; farmer motivations.
Christina Wasson, Professor; Ph.D., Yale University. Virtual and face-to-face communication in the workplace; user-centered design of products and technologies; organizational culture; human-computer interaction; video ethnography; how visitors experience museums.