Minor Concentration in Southwest Land, Culture, and Society

Program Description

The Southwest Land, Culture, and Society (SWLCS) Program offers a Ph.D. minor concentration for students in anthropology and related disciplines. Students who choose to minor in this program are expected to adopt a broad interdisciplinary approach that integrates land and societies and bridges 13,000 years of history in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The SWLCS concentration is intended to serve as a formalized node that interconnects faculty and students within the university while strengthening their relationships to external communities. By serving as a clearinghouse for regional anthropological scholarship, the program expands opportunities for integrating students into research that best fits their aspirations and benefits from their skills. The program also provides a visible point of contact for constituencies outside the university seeking expertise and outreach in anthropologically-oriented regional issues. SWLCS faculty involve students in active regional research and sponsor direct involvement through internships. The Program brings together faculty from the School of Anthropology, Arizona State Museum, Arid Lands, Geography and Regional Development, Laboratory of Tree-ring Research, Latin American Studies, and Southwest Center. A list of the core faculty, who form the executive committee for the program, and the faculty affiliated with the SWLCS concentration is provided below.

Required and Approved Courses

The SWLCS concentration requires 12 units of coursework. All students must enroll in the SWLCS core course, ANTH/ARL/LAS/GEO 518, Southwest Land and Society. At least six units must be in anthropology and at least six other units should come from outside the student’s major field, not including the 518 core class. A proposed program of study should be discussed with the student’s minor advisor. Courses used in the minor may be drawn from relevant classes in departments and programs across campus. Anthropology courses that may be included in the student’s program of study are:

  • ANTH 518 – Southwest Land, Culture, and Society (required)
  • ANTH 547 – Pueblo Archaeology
  • ANTH 552R – Topical class in Archaeology of the Southwest
  • ANTH 542A&B or 555A&B – Advanced field course in Archaeology
  • ANTH 542A&B is a spring semester course with fieldwork near Tucson
  • ANTH 555A&B is a summer fieldschool based outside Tucson
  • ANTH 696A – Seminar in Archaeology


Internships are available with Arizona State Museum and Amerind Foundation.

Faculty (alphabetical)

Executive Committee

  • Lindsay Montgomery, School of Anthropology Chair and Program Coordinator—On Sabbatical 2019–2020
  • Diane E. Austin, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, School of Anthropology
  • Barbara J. Mills, School of Anthropology
  • Thomas E. Sheridan, School of Anthropology, Southwest Center
  • Ronald H. Towner, Laboratory of Tree-ring Research, School of Anthropology

Affiliated Faculty

  • Maribel Alvarez, Southwest Center and School of Anthropology
  • Dale Brenneman, Arizona State Museum
  • Michael Brescia, Arizona State Museum, Department of History
  • Jeffery Clark, Archaeology Southwest
  • Suzanne Eckert, Arizona State Museum
  • Vance Holliday, School of Anthropology, Department of Geosciences
  • Patrick D. Lyons, Arizona State Museum
  • Katherine Morrissey, Department of History
  • Christine Szuter, Southwest Foundation
  • Daniela Triadan, School of Anthropology
  • Ofelia Zepeda, American Indian Studies and Linguistics

Labs associated with Southwest Land, Culture, and Society faculty