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What will I learn?

Building society’s knowledge of the past.

This interdisciplinary degree blends advanced doctoral study in both history and anthropology. The program focuses primarily on material culture in the American West, and it involves intensive training in the methods of both archeological and historical knowledge.

As a student in this program, you will design a program of study and lead original research that is uniquely suited to your interests and career goals. You can draw from the research specialties and expertise of faculty members in both the history and anthropology departments. Faculty strengths include areas such as Native American and Latin American cultures, prehistoric Plateau archaeology, archaeological conservation and stabilization, Plateau Indian ethnography, contemporary American culture, human evolution, and indigenous peoples of South America.

Students in this program also benefit from the university’s Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology. The lab’s metal artifact cleaning facilities are among the largest and best equipped in the country. The laboratory features an archaeological survey of Idaho, an Asian-American Comparative Collection, and ample space for graduate student research.

This program could be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy the study of history, archeology and cultures
  • Have an interest in the American West
  • Want to advance the field with original research
  • Are self-motivated and work well independently

With this degree, you could become a/an:

  • Archeologist
  • Museum technician or conservator
  • Researcher
  • University professor
  • U.S. Forest Service professional

Which department am I in?

College of Science

Study options

Full Time (78 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$29,412.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, May, August 2023


University of Idaho

875 Perimeter Drive,



83844, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Graduate school applicants must possess the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

For international students

Graduate school applicants must possess the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, with a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The following are acceptable as proof of English competency for graduate students:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum overall score of 79

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum overall score of 6.5

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum overall score of 77

U of I American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) with score of a Level 6/Advanced Pass

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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