Info for Current Students
UWF requires completion of a thesis before awarding the M.A. degree in either Anthropology or Historical Archaeology. Prior to undertaking the thesis, students should have completed a number of courses, selected a thesis advisor, formed a thesis committee, and written a thesis prospectus that includes a plan for securing funding, if necessary. These links and forms serve to guide students through the process. Each student, however, is encouraged to discuss progress with his or her advisor on a regular basis.
The following checklists include the course requirements for each of the two M.A. tracks. The student will complete 33 hours of coursework along with three or more thesis hours.
- Thesis Advisor Form (PDF) - Your first step towards a thesis is to select an advisor. Your advisor can be any UWF anthropology faculty member who holds a PhD. Fill out this form so that we have a record of this new advisor-student relationship.
- Thesis Committee Form - After consultation with your thesis advisor, you will select a thesis committee.
- Thesis Committee Form - General Anthro (PDF): You will need at least one additional anthropology faculty who holds a graduate degree and another member who holds a graduate degree in anthropology or a related field.
- Thesis Committee Form - Historical Arch (PDF): you will need one additional anthropology faculty member with a graduate degree and one with a degree in history.
- Prospectus Guidelines (PDF) - Once your committee is formed and you have discussed a project with your advisor, you will need to write a prospectus. This document will help guide you through the expectations for the prospectus.
- Prospectus Approval Form (PDF) - When all members of your committee have seen and approved your prospectus, this form will need to be completed.
Unless otherwise indicated, completed forms need to be turned in to Cindi Rogers, the Anthropology Department Office Coordinator.
Funding for Theses and Conference Travel
Some possibilities for funding for your thesis research and presentation can be found below:
- UWF Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee (SCAC) - Graduate Student Research Award (up to $1,000 for research and up to $500 for travel to a conference). Deadlines once per semester.
- Pensacola Archaeological Society (PAS) - Student Award ($400) for travel or research. Deadlines twice a year.
- Sigma Xi - Grants-in-Aid of Research (up to $1,000) for travel or equipment purchases. Deadlines of March 15 and October 15 annually.
Each student is required to defend his or her thesis by giving a short talk for the thesis committee and other interested people. A full draft of your thesis, including bibliography and tables, should be submitted to your committee at least two weeks before the intended defense date. An announcement and flyer for the talk will be made by the anthropology office staff.
UWF Graduate School Requirements, Forms, and Workshops
- Thesis Dissertation guide 2013 (PDF) - It is a good idea to look through this before writing your thesis, to avoid having to reformat your document at the end.
- Standards for Theses - Here you will find templates for the thesis signature page and the final formatting checklist, among other information.
- Thesis Information Workshops - These are normally held at the beginning of each semester.
- Grad School Thesis Submission Deadlines - Generally, dates are in March (for spring graduation), June (for summer graduation), or October (for fall graduation) each year.
- Final Format Checklist for Theses (PDF) - A handy list of the major formatting requirements per the UWF Graduate School.