The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

General Description / Special Programs

The Department of Anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill fosters an environment where several different topics and approaches coexist and intersect. Beginning with the adoption of the “Carolina Model” in the early 1980s the department has pursued alternatives to conventional disciplinary definitions and divisions, while maintaining an atmosphere of mutual respect and collegial exchange. The goals of this approach are to permit crosscutting research on the part of graduate students, to encourage engagement with other programs and interdisciplinary units on campus and to allow interest groups to form around particular problems as they emerge. Within this larger, open structure, the department maintains strong collective interest in issues of globalization, nature and the environment, public anthropology, cultural studies and political economy. It also features strong collective interest in the regional study of North America (particularly the southern United States), Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Europe and Asia (particularly Southeast Asia). None of these interests are exclusive, however, and faculty members work on a variety of topics in a variety of settings. Recently, a number of working groups have also developed within the department, including one devoted to the study of social movements and one to the study of culture change, the environment and health. The department also includes programs in medical anthropology and archaeology, the latter in close association with the Research Laboratories of Archaeology. The Department is also home to The Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research (GCPR), an interdisciplinary program for graduate students at UNC Chapel Hill seeking training in the theoretical bases, rationale, methodologies, challenges, and motivations for carrying out research in equitable partnership with communities, instead of on communities.

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Tuition Info
Degrees Offered PhD, MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Phd Requirements
Phd Specializations Anthropology is the integrative study of human beings at all times and in all places. Anthropological expertise has special application for hidden histories and the ancient past; the intersection of human biology and ecology; and the way communities create and use meaning, values and history in everyday life. We support studies, research, and professional applications in these areas with three programs of foundational training: Archaeology; Human Biology, Ecology and Evolution; and Sociocultural Anthropology. Cross cutting these specializations, the department supports concentrations that integrate anthropology’s diverse expertise to address contemporary world problems. Programming in these areas helps students connect their anthropological studies to work and life beyond the university. Current concentrations focus on: Health, Medicine, and Humanity; Heritage and Unwritten Histories; Global Engagement; Race, Difference, and Power; and Food, Environment and Sustainability.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Full-time graduate TAs; $16,700/yr with tuition remission, fees & health insurance. Also see:

Program Details
Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Application Deadlines
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Society of Undergraduate Anthropologists (SUA); Society of Anthropology Graduate Students (SAS)
Anthropology Club Advisor: Townsend Middleton
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0