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The graduate program in anthropology is a part of an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in Southwest studies. This includes the disciplines of anthropology, history, political science, and Spanish (Hispanic language and literature).

Students complete a common core of courses in Southwestern prehistory and history; social, political, and cultural dynamics; and contemporary writers. Prior to admission to the program, students select one of three areas of concentration: anthropology, history/political science (see history or political science) or Hispanic language and literature (see Spanish). Students interested in anthropology will follow the anthropology curriculum described below.

The master of arts degree will prepare students for doctoral programs in anthropology and related fields, teaching, research, and applied positions in cultural resources management, federal, state, and local agencies, as well as profit and nonprofit organizations.

The institution's geographic location in a multiethnic region of the Southwest provides a unique perspective for archaeological and ethnographic field experiences. The Anthropology Lab houses a significant collection of prehistoric and historic cultural resources for northeastern New Mexico.