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The Anthropology Department at Eastern New Mexico University
Students learn about stratigraphic layers
Our students don't just sit around in a classroom, they get hands-on experience. Here are some of our graduate students learning about geoarchaeology. Understanding how sites form tells us a lot about the people who inhabit them.

The Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology at Eastern New Mexico University prides itself on producing graduates equipped to enter the field of anthropology as experienced and knowledgeable professionals.  Students in the undergraduate program take a variety of classes in archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology.


In the graduate program, the choice between a thesis and a non-thesis track ensures that students are following the path that will best advance their career aspirations. Students on the thesis track have the option of working with a variety of well-known collections, including the Blackwater Draw collections and numerous other assemblages from southwest sites, as they conduct their research. Students on the non-thesis track complete an internship, which can potentially be done at the Blackwater Draw Museum or at other agencies off-campus. Students can now complete the non-thesis option entirely online.

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Graduate students record data

But how do our students become anthropologists?

Graduate students recording data


First, they learn. Our students have a comprehensive degree plan that ensures they become well-rounded, responsible anthropologists.

Students study South Bank stratigraphy
Students learn about stratigraphy at Blackwater Draw


Then, they change the world. Our students are placed in PhD programs, CRM firms, and historic sites across the country. They protect our heritage.

A student lectures in Argentina... in Spanish!
University of New Mexico PhD student Laura Steele lectures in Spanish to a small group of researchers and PhD students at the Centro Technológico de Desarrollo Regional Los Reyunos in Argentina. 

Want to become one of our success stories?

Anthropologists do more than watch people. They discover their stories.


“ENMU helped me to succeed by providing me the opportunity to work at the Blackwater Draw Museum, which allowed me to gain work experience and a hands-on education in my field.” 

—  Patricia Byers, Class of 2017

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