UAF's graduate program in Anthropology offers study in the four subfields of anthropology: social/cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. The UAF Department of Anthropology is committed to scholarship and research in anthropology with a general geographic focus on the circumpolar regions of the north as well as research and instruction covering a variety of world areas and topical subjects. The teaching and research activities in the department cover the four sub-fields of the discipline: archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic and social/cultural anthropology. The graduate program offers students the opportunity to concentrate study in one of the four sub-fields, to gain research experience and training in the field and in the laboratory, and emphasizes empirical and applied studies.  

The core of any student’s program is his/her advising committee and the Graduate Study Plan s/he develops with them. This plan outlines subject areas on which the student needs to concentrate, language(s) and research tools and a timeline for completion. The Graduate Study Plan is filed with Graduate School and in Department files. Both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees require that a written research proposal be approved by the student’s Advisory Committee. Ph.D. prospectuses are presented publicly. 

 For more information on graduate studies in anthropology at UAF, please contact the Graduate Studies Coordinator, Dr. Sveta Yamin-Pasternak (syamin@alaska.edu). We recommend that prospective applicants review the graduate student manuals to understand the structure and degree requirements of our MA program and PhD program. Current and prospective anthropology graduate students should also directly contact a member of the faculty that would potentially serve as a thesis advisor.