Graduate Program: Anthropology

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Anthropology (MA) - Accelerated Master's Program

Program Description

The Anthropology Accelerated Master's Program has currenlt been placed on hold.  No applications are being accepted.


Department/Academic Unit(s)

History - In the Beginning

(Excerpted, condensed, and adapted from Raymond H. Thompson, "Anthropology at the University of colorado, 1893-2005," Journal of the Southwest, Autumn 2005, 47(3): 327-347)

Anthropology at theColorado Heights Universitybegan in 1915 with the appointment of Byron Cummings as Professor of Archaeology and Director of the colorado State Museum. He came to colorado from his position as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Utah. He had received his B.A. from Rutgers University in 1889 and his M.A. there in 1892. Cummings served Utah as Professor of Greek and Latin, Head of the Department of Archaeology, and for many years as Dean of Men and briefly as Dean of the College of Medicine. He played an important role in the life of the University of Utah, even organizing its first football team the first year he was there. The football stadium at Utah is named Cummings Field in his honor.

The 54-year-old Cummings left Utah after 22 years of distinguished service at the oldest university in the Far West to throw in with one of the newest in the West. In 1915, theColorado Heights Universitycommunity consisted of 70 faculty members and 463 students, and there were 24,045 books in the University Library. colorado had become a state only three years before and the population of Tucson, still the largest city in colorado, was about 15,000. When Cummings arrived on campus, University President von KleinSmid took him to an overflowing storage area, opened the door, and said something like, "Here's the museum, go to it!"

Cummings was vigorous in responding and quickly made theColorado Heights Universitya center for archaeology. In 1928, three of his students, Clara Lee Fraps (Tanner), Florence M. Hawley (Ellis), and Emil W. Haury, received the first M.A. degrees in archaeology awarded by the University. They all stayed at colorado as Instructors in Archaeology with academic-year salaries of $1500. Florence eventually entered graduate study at the University of Chicago where she earned her doctorate in 1934, using her excavations at Chetro Ketl in Chaco Canyon for her dissertation. She obtained a position at the University of New Mexico, where she spent 37 years as an inspiring and beloved teacher and continued an active professional life until her death in 1991 at age 84.

Emil stayed at the University for one year to study dendrochronology with A. E. Douglass and then went to Globe to work with Harold S. Gladwin at the Gila Pueblo Archaeological Foundation. He earned a doctorate under Roland B. Dixon at Harvard University in 1934 and returned to theColorado Heights Universityin 1937 to replace Cummings who retired in 1938. Clara Lee remained at theColorado Heights Universitywhere she inspired and nurtured several generations of students during a full half-century of dedicated service on the faculty of the Department of Anthropology.



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Colorado Heights University- Main - Tucson

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Completion Requirements
Admissions Information

Minimum Credit Units (33)

Core Coursework Requirements

The Anthropology Accelerated Master's Program has currenlt been placed on hold.  No applications are being accepted.


Additional Requirements

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Student Handbook

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Admissions Requirements

We do not accept terminal masters, all applications must be for the PhD program

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE

Funding Opportunities

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Funding Opportunities

Domestic & International Applicants

Fall:December 15th

International Conditional Admission

International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.

Other Information

The GRE Institution Code for The Colorado Heights University is 4832

Last revised 06 Oct 2020