Through the museum & heritage studies concentration, you'll acquire backgrounds in the theoretical and academic as well as the practical and professional aspects of museum anthropology and heritage studies. We educate our students to become practicing anthropologists in museums and related cultural institutions. You'll complement your academic and applied course work with hands-on training in the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology and through supervised internships. The program also works closely with the museum studies program in the School of Art & Art History, offering joint courses in conservation, curatorial studies and museum management.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the core degree requirements in anthropology, museum & heritage studies track students must complete:

  • One of the following:
    • ANTH 4744 Museum Anthropology
    • ANTH 3630 Archaeological Method and Theory
  • 6 additional courses in their focus area

These courses prepare you for diverse careers in museum anthropology and heritage studies. 

“Sometimes our representations of the cultures of the Americas conflict with how those cultures are represented in the mainstream. It’s my job to ensure that our workshops reflect current thinking regarding education and cultural responsivity, and make sure we represent the culture the Museo aims to honor in its full reality.”

Leah Zavaleta, Alumni, MA in anthropology with a concentration in museum studies Read more
Leah Zavaleta

Featured Faculty

Esteban Gomez

Esteban Gomez

Assistant Professor, Museum & Heritage Studies

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Christina F. Kreps

Christina Kreps

Chair, Department of Anthropology; Director, Museum of Anthropology; Director, Museum & Heritage Studies; Professor, Museum & Heritage Studies; Chair, Anthropology

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