UTRGV anthropology program ranked among best values in the country

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 20, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been identified as one of the best value colleges for a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, in a recent ranking by College Values Online.com

The ranking considered tuition, availability of financial aid, customization options and “wow” factors.

UTRGV ranked #38 on the list, and the College Values editors noted that it is one of the top bachelor’s in anthropology in the country.

The ranking can be found here: http://www.collegevaluesonline.com/rankings/bachelors-anthropology/.

Dr. Margaret Graham, anthropology program coordinator and anthropology graduate program advisor, UTRGV Department of Sociology and Anthropology, said they are extremely pleased to be included in such a competitive roster.

“We have so much to offer dedicated students with a natural curiosity about the world and its cultures,” Graham said, “and we strive to help our students develop practical skills for living in a culturally diverse world. We are interested in real outcomes for our students and for our community.”

UTRGV earned nine of 15 points on a weighted rankings scale.

The website points to the UTRGV curriculum, which is “comprised of unique required and elective courses such as Introduction to Folklore, Great Discoveries in Archaeology, Religion in Society, and Anthropology of Women.”

It also notes the UTRGV program’s requirements for foreign language study: “Anthropology students are also required to minor in a related area and demonstrate a foreign language proficiency prior to graduation. The university’s holistic approach to the study of anthropology prepares its graduates for success in a variety of different careers.”


The UTRGV Anthropology Program consists of nine full-time faculty members, and offers a B.A. in anthropology, and an M.A.I.S (Master of Interdisciplinary Studies) with a concentration in anthropology as well as a popular undergraduate minor. 

The Anthropology Program has particular strengths in the areas of U.S.-Mexico border studies, archaeology of the Americas, food studies, and global health. These research and teaching emphases are supported by campus resources such as the Border Studies Archive, the Anthropology Digital Visualization Laboratory, which specializes in 3D technology, and CHAPS (Community Historical Archaeology Program in Schools). Active faculty research projects offer opportunities for student involvement and independent research projects. 

In addition, the program supports an active Anthropology Club and a chapter of Lambda Alpha, the International Anthropology Honor Society.

To learn more about the program, contact margaret.graham@utrgv.edu


College Values Online’s mission is to provide assistance in selecting the best college for each individual situation by offering rankings of schools and various degree programs, in addition to information on numerous career options from a value perspective.




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