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

George Washington University, Department of Anthropology
2110 G Street Northwest Washington DC 20052 United States
Phone+1 202.994.6075
General Description / Special Programs

Anthropology programs train students in 4 fields (biological anthropology, social cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics). Strong ties to Smithsonian, other DC institutions, other GW departments. BA in Anthropology, interdisciplinary BA in Archaeology with Classics & Art, BS in Biological Anthropology. MA concentrations in the anthropology of international development, museum training, medical anthropology; PhD in Anthropology with a focus on the anthropology of public life; PhD and MS in Human Paleobiology in association with Smithsonian, other departments and institutions; MA in International Development Studies; Center for Culture in Global Affairs at international affairs school.

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Degrees Offered PhD in Anthropology, interdisciplinary MS and PhD in Human Paleobiology, MA (with concentrations in museum training, international development, medical anthropology), MA in Museum Studies with concentration in Anthropology, MA in International Development Studies with focus in Anthropology, 5-yr combined BA or BS and MA or MS, Anthropology BA major, BA Archaeology (with Classics, Art, History), BS Biological Anthropology
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Other Degree Requirements MA in Museum Stds with a concentration in Anthropology, MA in International Development Studies with focus in Anthropology: See Graduate Program Bulletin
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
BA in Anthropology: Intro courses in 4 fields; 24-36 credit hours of additional courses; foreign language. BA in Archaeology (with Classics, Art): Anthropological & Classical archaeology, methods; art history, history, fieldwork; foreign language. BS in Bioanthropology: Prerequisites in anthropology and bio; 12-15 hours bioanthropology, paleoanthropology, or Paleolithic archaeology; science electives.
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements MA in Anthropology (general degree): 36 credit hours, including thesis. MA (medical): 36 credit hours, 15 in medical anthropology and research methods; MA (museum training): 36 credit hours, 12-15 in museum-related courses; no thesis required, internship recommended. MA (international development) 36 credit hours, 9 in developmental anthropology; no thesis required, internship recommended. For all: foreign language requirement.
MA/MS Specializations International Development, Medical Anthropology, Museum Training
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements Anthropology: 72 credit hours, including seminars in four fields, research methods and ethics, dissertation. Human Paleo: 72 credit huors, including lab rotation and dissertation; see
Phd Specializations Anthropology; Human Paleobiology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

6+ teaching fellowships, stipend plus tuition; work-study positions; Webster Fund supporting women beginning graduate study at a nontraditional age; Richards Scholarship (graduate); Jane B Hart Awards; funds for fieldwork.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Institute for Ethnographic Research (Richard Grinker, director) publishes Anthropological Quarterly, supports research. Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (Bernard Wood, director). Labs for: archaeology; bone morphology; evolutionary neuroscience; primate ecology; video lab for discourse analysis. Many primate casts and fossils, facilities for morphometrics and archaeometry. Funds for student research from Lewis Cotlow, William Warren, and Deborah & John Rogers Bequests. Internship opportunities in museums, international development organizations, government agencies.


Anthropological Quarterly, peer-reviewed journal (

Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Intro sociocultural, linguistics, other (summer)

Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: GW Roots & Shoots
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0