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

Yale University, Department of Anthropology
10 Sachem Street New Haven CT 06511 United States
Phone+1 203.432.3700
General Description / Special Programs

Yale University’s Department of Anthropology was officially founded in 1937 and traces its origins of research and teaching to work done within the Peabody Museum of Natural History (1866) and the Institute of Human Relations (1928). The Department is home to over 30 faculty and nearly 120 graduate students and undergraduate majors.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MPhil, BA major
Highest Degree Offered PhD
AA/AS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Prerequisite: None; Number of courses: Twelve term courses (including senior essay) Distribution of courses: At least one intro survey or intermediate course in each of three subfields of anthropology: three advanced seminars or advanced courses (not including Anth 471a, 472b, 491a or b); up to three cognate courses in other departments or programs with approval of the DUS. Senior requirements: Senior essay (Anth 491a or b) or based on an advanced seminar taken in the student's senior year.
MA/MS Field Areas
MA/ MS Requirements Requirements for MA in Anthropology: This degree is intended for the student not continuing in the PhD program. Requirement is satisfactory completion of at least one year in that program. Special attention is given to the quality of papers submitted in course work. Applications for a terminal master's degree are not accepted. Requirements for MPhil in Anthropology: The academic requirements are the same as for the PhD except for submission of a prospectus on field paper and the writing of a dissertation.
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements Two years course work (twelve term courses); language proficiency as appropriate; qualifying examinations: Archaeology and Biological Anthropology-two hours oral, eight hours written; Sociocultural Anthropology: one hour oral, five hours written; third-year field paper; Archaeology and Biological Anthropology dissertation prospectus; dissertation project, which typically is based on fieldwork; writing and submission of dissertation.
Phd Specializations Fields of Study: The department has three subfields. Archaeology focuses on ritual complexes and writing, ceramic analysis, warfare, ancient civilizations, origins of agriculture and museum studies. Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology focuses on ethnography and social theory, religion, myth and ritual, historical anthropology, culture and political economy, agrarian studies, ecology, environmental and social change, medical anthropology, emotions, public health, gender, postcolonial development, ethnicity, identity politics and diaspora, urban anthropology, global mass culture, alternate modernity, language, nationalism, and ideology, structuralism and semiotics, feminist discourse. Biological Anthropology focuses on paleoanthropology, evolutionary theory, human functional anatomy, race and human biological diversity, genetics, primate ecology.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

BA: Josef Albers Traveling Fellowship for fieldwork, Albert C. Williams Fund, Coe Foundation in Archaeology. PhD: Yale U Tuition, Stipend and Hospitalization Fellowships, Dissertation Writing Fellowships, Teaching Fellow Appointments, Josef Albers Traveling Fellowship, Michael Coe Fieldwork Fund, Augusta Hazard Grad Research Fellowship in Archaeology, Albert C. Williams Fund, Peter & Marion Schwartz Family Foundation Fund fellowship for registered PhD students to attend conferences in profession; Undergraduate Senior Essay Prizes.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Andean Agriculture Res Group [PI: Mayer], Arch, Arch Methods [Clean] Computer Teaching Lab, Arch Analytical Methods [Dirty] Teaching Lab, Archaeomagnetism [Cryogenic] Teaching Lab [PI: McIntosh], Archaeometalurgy, Biological Anth Dry Teaching Lab (YBAL), Dissection Teaching Lab, Environmental Anthropology & India Res Group [PI: Sivaramakrishnan], GPS/GIS/Spatial Visual Technologies Lab [Pi's: McIntosh/Honeychurch], Japan Res Ctr [PI: Kelly], Machu Picchu Special Proj [PI: Burger], Madagascar Proj Rm [PI: Richard], Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology Lab (MEML) [PI: Sargis], Morphometrics Teaching Lab, Petrography/Ceramics Rm, Reproductive Ecology Lab (YREL) [PI: Bribiescas], S China/Global Cities Res Group [PI: Siu], Uganda Res Group [PI: Watts]

Library Resources Anthropology Collection; Social Science and others:

Yale Grad Journal of Anthropology; Yale Journal of Anthropology; Yale U Publications in Anthropology (YUPA), with Peabody Museum Publications (Richard L. Burger, Curatorial Editor-in-Chief)

Certs Offered 0
  • Richard Burger
    Primary Contact
    Chair & Dir Grad Stds Archaeological Studies,Chair/DGS Archaeology Studies,Curator Peabody Museum,MacCurdy Prof Anthropology,Professor Anthropology/Archaeologi Studies
  • Dawn Finaldi
    Primary Contact
    Business Operations Manager,Operations Manager
  • William Honeychurch
    Primary Contact
    Associate Prof w Tenure, Anthropology/Archaeological Studies, Dir Undergrad Students Anthropology
See also PEABODY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY; Council on Archaeological Studies
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Yale Anthropology Society: The society is a registered student organization which provides a venue for undergrad activities related to being a student of anthropology or archaeology.
Anthropology Club Advisor: To be announced
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0