Research Opportunities

For students considering a professional career in anthropology, it is strongly recommended that a two-term sequence of Anthropology 398-399 be organized as an apprenticeship in collaboration with an anthropology faculty member.

ANTH 410 (Archaeological Field School) and ANTH 411 (Archaeological Lab Methods) provide students the opportunity to participate in primary research projects on and off campus.

Anthropology students frequently present the results of their research at undergraduate research conferences like Meeting of Minds and the Michigan Undergraduate Research Forum, and even at professional meetings.

Students should contact a professor working in their area of interest to discuss classes, research projects, and independent study possibilities.  See our Faculty Pages.



Field School and Field School Scholarship

Field schools teaching anthropological research methods can be life-changing experiences that provide essential training for careers in anthropology as well as practical field research experience applicable to other professions. Field schools take place all over the world and provide students with training in anthropological methods in archaeology, human paleontology, bioarchaeology, ethnology, linguistics, and primatology. UM-Dearborn students have attended field schools in Australia, Jordan, Kenya, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, France, Ireland, and various sites in the United States.  These programs are not required for an Anthropology major or minor, but we encourage you to consider the possibility of such a program.


UM-Dearbornís Anthropology program helps provide these experiences in two ways. We offer a field school scholarship that helps students subsidize the costs of attending a field school in their chosen area. The scholarship program is competitive, and preference is given to students majoring or minoring in anthropology. Anthropology faculty also run their own field schools both locally during the term and internationally over the summer that can be elected for UM-Dearborn credit (see ANTH 410).