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Baylor University, Department of Anthropology
One Bear Place #97173 Waco TX 76798 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 254.710.4084
General Description / Special Programs

BA and BS degrees cover cultural and biological anthropology and archaeology. The BA offers concentrations in archaeology and environmental anthropology and the BS offers concentrations in general anthropology, forensic anthropology, and medical/biomedical anthropology. PhD program specializes in the Anthropology of Health (including biomedical, medical, and applied). Department foci include behavioral endocrinology, child development, climate change, economic development, ecotourism, ethnography of Central and South Americas, evolutionary medicine, forensic case work, forensic and human identification, global/One health, hominoid evolution, human population history, indigenous population health, medical genetics, and metabolism. Archaeology focuses on Mesoamerica, East Africa, Italy, and Texas.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology BA, BS; minor in Anthropology; minor in Forensic Science. PhD in the Anthropology of Health.
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
All Anthropology degrees require core lower-level courses in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. Students also choose at least one upper-level elective in each area in addition to specialized courses required of each concentration. A 6-credit hour field school is required for the BA-Archaeology Concentration. All degrees also require a statistics course and additional appropriate coursework in other disciplines. Major requirements are 31-37 hours depending on concentration.
PhD Field Areas
Phd Requirements 60 credit hours beyond the undergraduate degree, including core courses in Descriptive and Exploratory Methods in Anthropological Research, Laboratory Methods in Anthropological Research, Professional Skills and Grant Writing, and Statistical Methods. Other required courses include three in Anthropology, three in statistics and methods, three in communication and management, and three in health. Other requirements include: an internship with a local community organization, a successful research proposal and qualifying exam, participation in a pedagogical workshop, serving as a teaching assistant or instructor-of-record at least once, submitting an NSF GRFP, NSF DRIG, and Wenner-Gren DFG application (or equivalent), giving a podium presentation at a professional conference, having one peer-reviewed paper accepted by a professional publishing house and another one submitted prior to graduation, participation in the department colloquium series, a dissertation and successful defense.
Phd Specializations Health
Other Degree Field Areas
Environmental Anthropology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Undergraduate work study; research assistantships by University Research Council and faculty granting; scholarships for field schools. Research and teaching assistantships for PhD students with full five-year packages. Research and travel funding for PhD students.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Laboratory for Evolutionary Medicine, Institute of Archaeology, Forensic Science Laboratory, Bioarchaeology/Zooarchaeology Research Laboratory, Human Genomics Laboratory, Human Osteology Laboratory, Human Evolutionary Anatomy Laboratory, Archaeometry and Radiocarbon Sample Preparation Laboratory.

Collections Mayborn Museum archaeological collections and library on plains archaeology.
Library Resources Moody/Jones libraries with government documents depository, electronic databases, interlibrary loan with Big 12 partners; Baylor Texas Collection Library with oral history archives, rare volumes and primary docs on Texas history, archaeology, and culture.
Certs Offered 0
Big 12 Consortium
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Several courses are offered online during all semesters, including summer.

Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: (1) Lambda Alpha Kappa of Texas (2) Student Anthropology Society; with field trips, social events and extra-curricular educational activities
Anthropology Club Advisor: Dr. Garrett Cook
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1