Top-ranked four-field program with two research units housed in the department: the Center for Media, Culture, and History, and the Center for the Study of Human Origins. The biological anthropology program is part of a wider graduate training consortium in evolutionary primatology (NYCEP) that includes CUNY, Columbia University, Wildlife Conservation International, and the American Museum of Natural History. There is a Master's Program in Physical Anthropology with a focus on human skeletal biology, as well as an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Culture and Media with a focus on ethnographic documentary film. The department works closely with such NYU programs as Africana Studies; American Studies; Asian/Pacific/American Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; Center for Disability Studies; the Center for Religion and Media; East Asian Studies; European Studies; French Studies; Institute for the Study of the Ancient World; Kevorkian Center for Near East Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Museum Studies; Pew Center for Religion and Media; Russian and Slavic Studies; and the Program in Religious Studies.
Internship opportunities in genetics, osteology and odontology, and field recovery training are an integral part of the program. Students intern across all of New York City in its museums and cinema festivals.
The department admits approximately 8 PhD students per year with five years of support including full tuition and stipend with an average of 40 students funded in any year. Teaching assistant positions are available for all PhD students. The Goodman Fellowship for Archaeology, the Bert Salwen Fellowship in Archaeological Studies, and the Annette B. Weiner Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Anthropology are awarded annually. Summer support for language study and/or exploratory research is available on a competitive basis from various university and academic centers. Dissertation write-up support for advanced students is also available.
The department houses an extensive film and video collection, as well as digital photographic, audio, and video-editing facilities. The Biological Anthropology program supports state-of-the art molecular, primatological, paleontological, and morphometric laboratories and field sites. The teaching and research labs for Archaeology include excellent facilities for image analysis, seasonality studies, and microscopic analysis, as well as an extensive zooarchaeological reference collection. The New York City location makes it possible to maintain active ties with many collections, museums, and research institutions.