Academics

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The Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida is ranked as one of the best in the country. There are over forty anthropologists on campus. In addition to the teaching faculty, anthropologists hold appointments in many other departments including the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the C. A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory. Anthropology at the University of Florida is especially strong in Latin American Studies, African Studies, Southeastern Archaeology, Applied Anthropology, and Forensic Anthropology (see our synergies and affiliations). Course offerings reflect the diverse expertise of the faculty.

Our undergraduate program in Anthropology prepares students to work in today’s complex world, where international activities characterize business, government, and education, and an understanding of human interaction can empower a number of professions.

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Anthropology majors learn about different groups of people, their prehistory, and their diversity through a discipline that combines science and the humanities. Many undergraduate Anthropology majors go on to graduate school in the social sciences, while others use Anthropology to prepare themselves for professional careers.

UF’s graduate program in Anthropology is a mentoring program emphasizing the PhD degree. Each student is mentored by their faculty advisor(s), working closely with a supervisory committee chosen by the student. Students receiving graduate degrees are well-prepared intellectually and professionally for success in a wide variety of careers, and become leaders in developing the next generation of anthropology. The department offers teaching experience and resources for presenting conference papers, submitting grant proposals, conducting fieldwork, and other activities that provide for students’ professionalization.

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