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Message from the Program Coordinator

Welcome to the web site of the Anthropology Program at UTPA. On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, I welcome you to learn about our discipline and our program. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me. I hope to see you in our program and wish you success in your future endeavors.

“What could I do with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology?”
A major or minor anthropology is especially appropriate for professionals closely involved with people. Our graduates acquire skills useful in many careers rather than skills applicable to one job. Our program is strong in border studies, especially involving the US-Mexico border. Several of our faculty members are actively engaged in research projects on border issues such as politics, health, folklore, and historical background. Collaboration with other faculty members in the university who have similar interests makes this research particularly timely and important. Students are exposed to these issues through their classes and also by their inclusion in the research projects themselves. Through their participation in classes and research projects, students are uniquely qualified and well trained to help businesses flourish in the rapidly changing demography of the US where Mexican-origin populations are becoming increasingly important both in terms of economics and politics.

“What if I want to pursue an advanced degree in anthropology?”
The more specialized fields in anthropology usually require further study beyond the Bachelor's degree. The anthropology program at UTPA, through its Bachelor’s degree and its MAIS (Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies) degree gives students the opportunity to sample each of the subfields of anthropology, and this training helps them decide on areas of special interest for graduate study. All of our faculty members are both well qualified and willing to aid students as they select graduate schools or pursue other career options.

Anthropology graduates are also regarded as having excellent preparation for professional training in such areas as Business, Law, Medicine, Public Health, School Administration, and Urban Planning. Students considering continuing their education in Anthropology or any related field should do some early research on the kinds of background, skills, training, and course work that various graduate and professional programs or employers look for in prospective students or employees.