The Division of Anthropology and Archaeology includes the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, and sociology. The Division consists of four integrated units:
The Department of Anthropology boasts numerous full-time faculty and research specialists who teach a wide variety of courses. Students can earn a Bachelor's degree in anthropology from the Department with a specialization in general anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology. We are especially proud of the hands-on opportunities that help prepare students for graduate study and for employment in both the private sector and government agencies.
The Department also offers a Master's degree, which allows students to choose from two programs: general anthropology (archaeology, biological, cultural) and historical archaeology. The primary objectives of our master's program are to prepare graduates to be successful in the workforce and to enter doctoral programs. The master's degree consists of both coursework and a thesis capstone project. Over 90 percent of our graduates are employed in their field or are accepted into doctoral programs.
The University of West Florida archaeology program recently identified the archaeological site of the Luna settlement – the first multi-year European settlement in the United States – in a developed neighborhood in Pensacola. The artifacts discovered are evidence of the Spanish settlement by Tristán de Luna y Arellano from 1559 to 1561, the earliest multi-year European colonial settlement ever archaeologically identified in the United States.
First Skeletal Evidence of Immigrants to Imperial Rome Found by UWF Anthropologist
Research recently published by UWF bioarchaeologist Kristina Killgrove is the first to identify immigrants to Rome during the Empire. By analyzing strontium and oxygen isotopes in the teeth of over 100 ancient Romans, she can tell from the skeleton whether someone was born in Rome or was born elsewhere. This study is the first step in better understanding the nature of immigration -- both voluntary and slavery -- and the lives of immigrants in this ancient cosmopolitan city.
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