Idaho State University

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The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to research and teach about global human diversity and distinctiveness from the distant past to the present. Anthropology applies practical tools and theoretical concepts to understanding many aspects of the human condition. 


Our mission is to apply anthropological concepts to the resolution of important social, cultural, and environmental problems of our times. The Department of Anthropology offers graduate students the Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degrees with specialization in applied anthropology, archaeological science, ecological anthropology, forensics, language preservation, medical anthropology, and oral history.

Students who have completed a graduate degree in Anthropology at Idaho State University should be able to:

1. Read and understand anthropological theories and methods at a professional level.

2. Understand current debates within the field and critically evaluate the professional literature.

3. Use a comparative approach to theorize about the similarities and differences in the human condition across space and through time.

4. Design and carry out research and application of methods and theories at a professional level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History and Theory of Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Ecological Anthropology
  • Method and Theory in Archaeology
  • Material Culture Analysis
  • Analytical Techniques Laboratory
  • American Indian Health Issues
  • Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • Special Topics in Medical Anthropology
  • Clinical Medical Anthropology
  • Introduction to Cultural Resources Management
  • Old World Archaeology
  • New World Archaeology
  • Ethnomedicine of Latin America
  • Human Origins and Diversity
  • Human Osteology
  • Survey of Living Primates
  • Survey of Fossil Primates

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30 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

1. A letter of application, including areas of interest and professional goals;

2. Three letters of recommendation;

3. Undergraduate transcripts and transcripts of any previous post-graduate coursework;

4. Minimum grade point average of 3.0;

5. Total GRE scores that average at least the 50th percentile for admission;

6. An undergraduate degree in anthropology is not required for acceptance into the program;

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23704 USD/year
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  • National

    8928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8928 USD per year and a duration of  .


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