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Coordinating Board approves 19th UTSA Ph.D. program

By Kareem El-Dahab
Special Projects Writer

(July 21, 2006)--The number of UTSA doctoral degree programs increased to 19 yesterday with the approval of a Ph.D. in anthropology by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The program will be implemented in spring 2007 and housed in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

The addition of a Ph.D. in anthropology is consistent with the goals of UTSA to become a top-100 research university and will address the shortage of educated and qualified candidates for leadership positions in anthropology-applied areas such as cultural resource management, museums and state agencies.

"UTSA is dedicated to addressing the educational needs of South Texas by developing programs that support the economic growth of the region, while continuing to listen to the requests of our students," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo.

Nearly half of the students who have graduated in the last decade from the UTSA master's program in anthropology have gone on to pursue their doctorates at other universities.

The UTSA anthropology Ph.D. program will have an ecological focus which distinguishes it from programs at other universities and is expected to draw students from across the nation. The program is designed to prepare leading professionals in the field of ecological anthropology, which directs anthropological knowledge toward the resolution of real-world problems.

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