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The UAB Department of Anthropology has funding to support a limited number of graduate assistants for the spring semester 2017.  These awards take the form of a stipend, paid monthly over the course of the Spring semester.  The stipend for a full-time assistantship will be no less than $7,000 total, for the 5-month period January through May, 2017.

To be eligible you must:

  1. be admitted by the UA Graduate School in the UAB MA Program in Anthropology.
  2. pursue a full-time course of study during the term of the assistantship.  This requires that you register for at least nine (9) credit hours per semester.
  3. make steady progress toward the completion of your degree and maintain a strong GPA.
  4. be able to work in the department for not more than 20 hours per week.  Your specific assignment will be determined by the Department Chair or Graduate Program Director and will depend upon departmental needs.

If you meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in applying please provide the following information:

To be assured of consideration, please submit your completed application to Vern Bush no later than December 1, 2016.

Graduate Assistantship Application Form Document

One of the best things about UAB is its amazing diversity of its students — we are one of the top most diverse campuses in the United States. We want you to have every opportunity to succeed in your course work and college life. Here are some easy tips for you to follow:

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We invite you to explore all of the programs and services offered to international students. International Student and Scholar Services will be able to advise you about how to apply and who to contact for information. Please visit their website, or send general questions to international@uab.edu.

And remember — you are not alone! There are other international students/non-native English speakers in graduate programs across campus.

The Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights is a two-year Master’s program. In consultation with your advisor, you will choose during your first year to follow either the Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (no thesis) to complete the master’s degree. All students, whether following the Plan I or Plan II path, will take the five required courses, which total to 15 semester hours.

Plan I

Students following Plan I take five elective courses (15 semester hours), plus enroll in 6 semester hours of thesis credit. A full list of required and elective courses are available in the UAB Graduate Catalog.

Plan II

Students opting for Plan II take seven elective courses (21 semester hours), and at the end of their studies must pass a final exam that reflects the comprehensive activities of the student in the program, as prescribed in the UAB Graduate Student Handbook. A full list of required and elective courses are available in the UAB Graduate Catalog.

Required Courses

All required courses are listed in the UAB Graduate Catalog. There are five required courses. Two of the five required courses are foundational (to be taken in the first year of study) and are designed to provide an introduction to the topic of the Master’s program. The fifth required course is an advanced seminar (to be taken in the second year of study).

Elective Courses

All procedures and requirements listed in the UAB Graduate Student Handbook apply to this program. Upon the approval of the student’s advisor, a community internship may be substituted for one 3-credit elective course. Students will have the option of taking a maximum of two electives (6 credits) from other departments (e.g., Biology, History, or Justice Science). Students can also pursue their interests by requesting to work on a Special Problems (independent study) course under the guidance of a professor within the Anthropology Department.

A list of electives is available in the UAB Graduate Catalog.


Contact Graduate Program Director Peter Verbeek.

Students at work on Red Mountain.Students at work on Red Mountain.The Department of Anthropology takes your future career seriously.

These are just a few of the fields that will find the anthropology degree beneficial and rewarding:

  • Law 
  • Teaching 
  • Public Service 
  • International Affairs 
  • Business
  • Journalism 

You can also see some of the famous people who majored in Anthropology and what they're done with their degrees, as well as an article on companies looking to hire anthropologists.

Career Resources

There are many resources available to help you start or advance your career. Start your search here at UAB. To talk about professional opportunities in Anthropology, make an appointment with Peter Verbeek. You can email or call (205) 934-3508.

Hire A Blazer online portal. UAB's Career and Professional Development Services is a great place to get started. The center provides information on employment opportunities, assists with job skill development including interviewing and resume writing, sponsors jobs fairs, and much more! 

You can research your job prospects through the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook; revised every two years, it describes working conditions, training and education needed, and expected earnings and job prospects.

Anthropology degrees provide a solid foundation for the following careers: forensic science, cross-cultural research, international health, cultural resource management, national park service, teaching, international business, language interpreters, primatology, global economy, environmental conservation, tribal anthropology, and museum curation.

There are plenty of other websites that can help you with your career search. Start with one of these: