Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

  • Professional Archaeology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Great Plains Studies
  • Women's and Gender Studies
Areas of Study
  • Archaeology
  • Digital Cultural Heritage
  • Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Native American Studies
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Contacts for Anthropology

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Graduate Chair

Dr. Effie Athanassopoulos


Graduate Secretary

Ms. Kathy Hellwege


Campus Address

810 Oldfather Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0368

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Anthropology in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Anthropology
Fall: February 1 Spring: October 1


The Department of Anthropology offers a graduate program in anthropology, especially suited for students with research interests in historical archaeology, evolutionary approaches to human behavior, and applied/development anthropology. In many cases, individualized programs of study can be accommodated.

The department has excellent laboratories for computer-based instruction and research in archaeology and biological and cultural anthropology. In addition, the department is closely affiliated with the Nebraska State Historical Society, the University of Nebraska State Museum, the Centers for Great Plains Studies, Native American Studies, Asian Studies, and African and African American Studies. Of special interest to archaeologists is the department's strong teaching and research partnership with the Midwest Archaeological Center (National Park Service) which offers students opportunities for employment, fellowships, and internships.

Courses and More

Students in Anthropology are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Effie Athanassopoulos
Landscape and Historical Archaeology; Europe, Mediterranean; Archaeology and Identity Formation; Digital Archaeology
Mark Awakuni-Swetland
Native Peoples; Ethnohistory; Oral History Sociolinguistics; Native Language Ideology
Wayne Babchuk
Research methods, indigenous land rights and resource use, human rights and diversity, human behavioral ecology, kinship and social structure, history of anthropological theory, human origins
Peter Bleed
Technology; Material Culture; Sequential Modeling Lithics; Historic Archaeology; Conflict and War; Japan; North America
Matthew Douglass
Lithic Technology, Landscape Archaeology, Human Environmental Interaction, Archaeology of: Great Plains, Australia, Kenya, South Africa
Patricia Draper
Hunter-Gatherers; Evolutionary Ecology; Adult Development and Aging; Cross Cultural Gender Roles; Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Stephen Glazier
General Anthropology; Religion, Race, and Race Relations; Ethnohistory; Caribbean
Adjunct Faculty
Raymond Hames
Behavioral Ecology; Economic Exchange; Time Allocation; Marriage and Kinship
Emily Hammerl
Dental anthropology; Life history theory; Paleoanthropology; Skeletal biology; Primate comparative anatomy; Human gross anatomy; Growth and development; Evolution of human childbirth
Ralph Hartley
Inter-group competition; visual communication in place-marking; social signaling through landscape modifications
Adjunct Faculty
Carolyn Heitman
Archaeology, kinship and households, social and ritual organization, gender, social inequality, cultural heritage preservation, ethnoarchaeology, digital archaeology and digital anthropologies; American Southwest
William Hunt
American Fur Trade; Historical Archaeology of Tourism; SE Alaska alpine archaelology
Adjunct Faculty
Martha McCollough
Native North Americans; Arctic; Great Plains
Vergil Noble
Historical Archaeology; 18th Century French Fur Trade; 19th Century Settlement and Transportation Systems; Cultural Resource Management
Adjunct Faculty
Alan Osborn
Great Plains Archaeology, Paleoindian Adaptations, Nutritional Anthropology
Adjunct Faculty
Daniel Osborne
Skeletal Biology; Nutrition; Human Adaptation, Growth and Development; Medical Anthropology; Evolutionary Medicine
Heather Richards-Rissetto
Digital Cultural Heritage; Mesoamerica; Landscape Archaeology; 3D Modeling and Visualization; Geographic Information Systems; Accessibility and Visibility Studies; Social Networks and Inequality
Doug Scott
Great Plains and Rocky Mountain Archaeology; 19th Century Military Sites; Forensic Archaeology
Adjunct Faculty
LuAnn Wandsnider
Archaic-Late Prehistoric of the North American High Plains; Mediterranean Archaeology; Traditional Food Preparation; Costly Signaling; Landscape Archaeology; Archaeological Method and Theory

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