Anthropology distance learning degree programs provide an opportunity for individuals who are constrained by location or scheduling to pursue study on related topics that interest them. Among specialty classes offered are subjects in physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and social anthropology. Several schools offer complete courses of study online for bachelor's or master's degrees, and other institutions offer just a few anthropology courses from a larger curriculum as distance learning options.
Anthropology Distance Learning Degrees
If you have specific questions about a school's program, contact an admissions representative to find out more information.
The University of Kansas
KU's distance learning department has six anthropology courses available, ranging from General Anthropology to Myth, Legend, and Folk Belief in East Asia. Each course is self-paced and traditionally completed over a nine-month period of time. Most distance learning classes at KU have two supervised exams, a midterm and a final. All other work can usually be submitted electronically.
The University of Alaska - Fairbanks
Though the University of Alaska only offers a sampling of its courses to distance learners, it does have a three-credit Introduction to Anthropology option. A survey course, the class covers the fundamentals of archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology. Unlike many other online courses, most of the assignments and materials are exchanged with the instructor via postal mail.
The University of North Texas
UNT has a three-year online master's program in anthropology for students who are unable to make it to campus. The programs, either a Master of Art or Master of Science, require only two on-site visits, one for orientation and one for presenting concluding projects and celebrating graduation. UNT attempts to attract those who have historically been under-represented in the field of anthropology and attempts to maintain the same level of rigor in online courses as in on-site classes.
There are several important points to keep in mind before enrolling in any distance learning programJ:
- Fieldwork and in-person study aren't always part of undergraduate studies, but they are important components of master's programs, and those seeking a high number of hands-on learning experiences may want to think twice about getting an anthropology distance learning degree. In some cases, working independently and self-scheduling classes and assignments can diminish motivation and interest.
- Consider the accreditation that your program of choice has earned, if any. Accreditation is often an indicator of quality in a distance learning program, and a number of "diploma mills" that do not have accreditation are in the business of taking students' money and issuing fake degrees. At the least, a program should be accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), and at best it may be accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or other federal boards. Regionally accredited programs are worth a look, too.
- Have a plan for financing your anthropology degree. Sometimes, costs for online courses are higher than traditional on-site tuition and fees, so be prepared to use funding options such as loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study.