General Description: Our 4-field training program has a long tradition of scholarly excellence, diversity, and access. We offer unique opportunities for students to develop studies and research amidst the productive dialogue around engaged scholarship, and we are committed to excellence in training students for careers in research and teaching, as well as for work in non-profit and government sectors. The program has a strong track record of taking diversity seriously, and of inclusion of underrepresented groups among its faculty and students. We have doctoral students specializing in each subfield – archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and physical anthropology. The requirement of basic instruction in all subfields for all students gives our program a distinct advantage over other programs that have abandoned 4-fields training. Early fieldwork opportunities are possible through faculty directed practicums and summer research funds. With close faculty guidance, students receive funding from NSF, Wenner-Gren, Fulbright-Hays, IIE Fulbright, SSRC, etc. Three alums have won MacArthur "Genius" awards.
Special Programs: The New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (www.nycep.org) is an integrated graduate training/research program in primate behavioral and evolutionary biology. Drawing faculty and selected staff from PhD-granting (CUNY, Columbia, NYU, the American Museum of Natural History), and research-focused (WCS) institutions in NYC, this unique consortium links over 60 faculty whose research focuses on human and nonhuman primates from the perspectives of morphology, paleoanthropology, systematics, molecular and population genetics, behavior, ecology and conservation biology. NYCEP students take courses in these areas at any of the four participating degree-granting universities, attend seminars that draw upon the staff of all cooperating institutions, and have the opportunity to engage in original research in labs, museums and in the field. NYCEP has attracted many women and minority students. Faculty and associates have field research programs on living primates at sites in Africa, Asia, and South America, as well as primate (including human) paleontology in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Several courses are taught jointly, alternately or with guest lectures by faculty from different institutions/departments; this collaboration cements relationships between faculty and presents students with a variety of viewpoints early in their careers.