Certificate in Applied Anthropology

Contact Person:
Alan L. Hersker, Chair
129B MacVicar, (315) 267-2720, herskeal@potsdam.edu

13-16 credit hours required.

The certificate, awarded by the department in recognition of significant applied scholarship, emphasizes the methodological skills and professional practices necessary for employment as an applied anthropologist. Students will learn about ethical considerations inherent in applied work, how to gather and analyze data, and how to write grants and proposals. In the applied internship, students design, research, and implement a project for a community-based organization, non-governmental organization, cultural resource management group or other public or private sector employer. Students will have the opportunity to present their projects at department colloquia and professional meetings.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses

ANTH 305 Applying Anthropology*
One of the following:
  ANTH 319
  Public & Private Archaeology
  ANTH 393   Professionalism in Anthropology

ANTH 430
Applied Anthropology (4 credits)  
ANTH 491 
Internship in Applied Anthropology (3-6 credits)

* This course has a prerequisite of one of ANTH 201, 202, 203, 204 or 270.


  • Regular SUNY Potsdam admissions requirements apply
  • The certificate will be available to both matriculated and nonmatriculated students who have completed significant course work in anthropology.
  • Students must apply for admission into the certificate program prior to enrolling in ANTH491.
  • Courses fulfilling certificate requirements may also fulfill requirements for the major or minor, but students may only “double count” two courses.
  • Students must obtain an average of 2.0 in courses that are counted towards the certificate.
  • Substitutions can be made only with the approval of the Anthropology department chair.
  • The Anthropology department chair will certify the completion of certificate requirements.
  • Students must complete the certificate requirements within five years.