General Description / Special Programs

The department offers training in the major subdisciplines of anthropology: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology. Faculty have expertise in applied anthropology, anthropological and molecular genetics, evolutionary studies, and demography; endangered languages, and discourse analysis; geoarchaeology, Great Plains archaeology, and Mesoamerican archaeology; political anthropology, symbol systems, gender, economic anthropology, environmental anthropology, and indigenous studies. Area strengths include Latin America, U.S., the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Arctic. The department has ties to other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. For example, joint degrees in Anthropology/Genetics are available through an integrated program with the Division of Biological Sciences. The department provides training in geoarchaeology in collaboration with the Kansas Geological Survey. And the department offers courses in the university's interdisciplinary Museum Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, East European and Central Asian Studies, East Asian, and Indigenous Studies Programs.

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Tuition Info
Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, BA/BGS major, minor
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
The Department of Anthropology offers majors and minors for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies degrees. The BA requires training in a foreign language. The BGS does not. Anthropology major requirements are identical for the two degrees. These include two introductory courses in archaeological/biological anthropology and cultural anthropology, a fundamentals course in a particular subdiscipline, a methodology course in a particular subdiscipline, and a Capstone course. Graduation with honors requires a senior thesis and a 3.50 GPA in anthropology and 3.25 GPA overall.
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements The Department of Anthropology has transitioned to a Ph.D. only program, effective Fall 2019. The new program is expected to include an MA option along the way. All graduate applicants will apply directly to the Ph.D. program.
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements Doctoral specialization in archeological, biological, and sociocultural anthropology are offered. Required are at least 24 hours of post-MA coursework; training in responsible research and scholarship, a written dissertation proposal and oral defense, fieldwork, and dissertation and defense. Students have a variety of ways of exiting the PhD program with an MA.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Grants Or Funding The Department has a limited number of GTA appointments ( Prospective applicants can go to the KU Graduate Studies Funding Opportunities website:
Support Opportunities <p>Departmental Graduate Teaching Assistantships (average annual stipend $17,500) and grant-funded Graduate Research Assistantships; Graduate School Summer Fellowships; and opportunities for doctoral students to teach their own courses. KU Financial Aid website:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>Ethnographic collections (material culture) from around the world; major archaeological collections from North American Great Plains, Central America, and Europe; extensive genetic data in three molecular genetics laboratories, one for the study of ancient DNA and two for modern DNA; a new digital media laboratory; a shared teaching lab for qualitative and quantitative methods; and an extensive collection of fossil primate and human casts.<br /> <br /> For more information on the KU Laboratory of Biological Anthropology (LBA):&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Collections We have Archaeological collections housed in our KU Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum. We're in transition phase, new leadership will take place spring 2022, due to current retirements. Once new leadership is in place a website link to the collections will be listed.
Publications <p>University of Kansas Publications in Anthropology, list of KU publications:&nbsp;; To purchase a book, please send an email to</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Misc Information Anthropology course offerings listing: KU Anthropology FB page:
Certs Offered 0
Employees1 to 25
Archaeological Research Collections; Kansas Geological Survey; Human Biology Program; Area Studies Programs in Latin America, Africa, East Asia, and Eastern Europe; Environmental Studies; Global & International Studies; Indigenous Studies; Linguistics.
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info: <p>We periodically offer on-line semester courses and some undergraduate courses on-line through the Center for Online and Distance Learning.&nbsp; We currently offer an Anthropology minor.&nbsp; We are in the processes creating an online bachelor&#39;s degree in Anthropology.&nbsp; Our target date for the online bachelor&#39;s degree is spring 2022.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Application Deadlines
January 5th, for Anthropology Graduate Program
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Undergraduate Anthropology Association (UAA) UAA website: Pending Graduate Students for Anthropology (GSA). GSA website:
Anthropology Club Advisor: Dr. Brent Metz (UAA) and Dr. Jennifer Raff (GSA)
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0