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ENMU Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology

The ENMU Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology has a long history of providing quality education to undergraduate and graduate students.  We place heavy emphasis on pre-Hispanic Native American archaeological studies on the Plains and the Southwestern United States. Our location provides a unique vantage point to study America's earliest cultures. Our faculty and staff members are involved in both qualitative and quantitative research within their disciplines including archaeology, Paleoindian studies, biological anthropology, faunal analysis, ceramic analysis, lithic technology, cultural anthropology, forensic anthropology, historic preservation, and cultural resource management.

ENMU Art and Anthropology Building

ENMU Art and Anthropology Building

Our classes are taught in a newly renovated building with up-to-date labs for osteology, forensic anthropology, geoarchaeology, ceramics, cultural anthropology, curation and imaging. Our students get lots of hands-on experience in and out of the classroom. We supplement instruction with an anthropological research division known as the Agency for Conservation Archaeology, as well as the Blackwater Draw Museum and Blackwater Draw National Historical Landmark site (the Clovis archaeological type site).


We hold field schools during select summers, at a variety of locations. We also bring in a notable individual in the field to connect students, faculty, and community members with the greater world of anthropology during our annual Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lectureship. Our Mu Alpha Nu anthropology club provides a variety of social and professional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.


We offer an undergraduate major in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology, biological anthropology, or 

cultural anthropology, an undergraduate major in forensic science with an emphasis in forensic anthropology, an undergraduate minor in anthropology, and a graduate major in anthropology with both thesis and non-thesis options. Our graduate students include people in their 20s just out of a bachelor's degree program, people in their 30s and 40s who worked for a while and decided they need a master's degree to move ahead, and people in their 50s and 60s who are starting a second career or finally following their passion.

The non-thesis graduate plan is now also offered as an online alternative for students who cannot come to campus for regular class meeting times and prefer not to write a traditional thesis.  Click here for more information about our graduate program online alternative, or contact Dr. Robert Stokes at

For more information about our program, please email or call (575) 562-2206. 

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