The Department of Anthropology at Penn State integrates social, ecological, and evolutionary approaches to understand variability in the human condition through time and across space. We offer an integrated program of graduate study at both the Ph.D. and Master’s level focusing on specialized training in human and behavioral ecology, cultural anthropology, anthropological demography, archaeology, paleodemography, archaeometry, anthropological genetics, human evolution, and the behavioral and evolutionary biology of human and non-human primates. Students also have the option of enrolling in dual-title Ph.D. graduate programs in Demography, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment (HDNRE), and Bioethics, and dual-title M.A. programs in Demography and HDNRE. The Department also offers two Integrated Undergraduate/Gr
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of Penn State's Graduate Bulletin. A minimum of 30 credits is required, with least 18 credits at the 500 and 600 level, combined. All Master’s students are required to take three core theory seminars for a total of nine credits and two core methods seminars for a total of 6 credits. Students are also required to enroll in a literature review seminar for a total of 2 credits. A Master’s thesis, including 6 credits of ANTH 600 Thesis Research is optional. Students in the non-thesis track must write a satisfactory scholarly paper, while enrolled in ANTH 596. All entering graduate students are expected to complete online training in Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI), also referred to as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), by no later than October 1 of their first semester in residence.
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of Penn State's Graduate Bulletin. The doctoral degree in Anthropology requires a minimum of 30 credits, 27 of which are required coursework. The PhD requirements include successful completion of coursework as stipulated by the department and doctoral committee, passing the candidacy exam, preparing a dissertation proposal, successfully passing the comprehensive exam/dissertation proposal defense, and writing and defending the subsequent dissertation. The dissertation must be accepted by the doctoral committee, the head of the graduate program, and the Graduate School, and the student must pass a final oral examination (the dissertation defense). All entering graduate students are expected to complete online training in Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI), also referred to as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), by no later than October 1 of their first semester in residence.
The usual possibilities for scholarships and fellowships, as well as deptartment teaching or research assistantships with tuition-free status and a stipend of up to $30,000. Research assistantships and faculty aid of varying stipends are available in conjunction with our supported research projects. The Matson Museum provides several awards for ceramic research and contributions to the museum.
Research facilities include labs for the study of archaeological materials and skeletons, anthropological genomics, ancient DNA, evolutionary developmental biology, and three-dimensional morphometrics. Facilities within the Department include Geographic Information System (GIS), genomics, morphometrics, human osteology, zooarchaeological, ethnobotanical, isotopic, archaeological, human environmental dynamics labs and the Matson Museum of Anthropology (worldwide ceramics, Dupree Afghanistan collection, Mesoamerican and northeastern US archaeological collections, and hominid fossil casts). In addition, there is easy access to other University facilities including the Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Radiocarbon Facility, the Center for Quantitative Imaging (micro CT facility), the Animals Resource Program, the Transgenic Mouse Facility, the Genomics Core Facility, the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor (Neutron Activation Analysis), the Rock Ethics Institute, the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, the Population Research Institute, the Materials Research Lab, the Human Performance Research Lab, and other laboratories for research in palynology, soil science, animal behavior, reproductive endocrinology, and physiology.
Occasional Papers in Anthropology.
A few undergraduate classes are offered online each semester.