General Description / Special Programs

The archaeology program emphasizes comparative study of the emergence and development of complex societies, from their initial foundations in hunter-gatherer behavior to their manifestation as states and empires. Faculty and graduate student research most strongly emphasizes Latin America, Eurasia, and North America. 

The biological anthropology program provides students with the background to study life history, reproductive ecology, social and health disparities, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, and evolution. 

The cultural anthropology program emphasizes research in medical anthropology, health and environment, labor, precarity, politics, mobility, migration, citizenship, language, media, and circulation. Faculty research most strongly emphasizes South and East Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, Europe, and Russia. 

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Degrees
Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
- 33 credits - 3 core/intro courses - Undergraduate seminar - History of Anthropological Thought - Methodology Course
MA/MS Field Areas
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
MA/MS
MA/ MS Requirements - 30 credits - 1 foreign language - 1 course in quantitative methods (in archaeology and physical anthropology) or in field methods (in cultural anthropology) - 1 core course (cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, or anthropological linguistics) or a written MA exam - Research paper
PhD Field Areas
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Phd
Phd Requirements - 72 credits - 1 foreign language - 3 or 4 core courses (cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, and anthropological linguistics) - 2 quantitative methods courses (in archaeology and physical anthropology) or 1 course in field methods and 1 course in contemporary theory (in cultural anthropology) - 2 written comprehensive examinations - Fieldwork or equivalent research - Dissertation
Phd Specializations - Archaeology - Cultural Anthropology - Physical Anthropology - Medical Anthropology - Circulation Studies
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities
  • Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships
  • Arts and Sciences Fellowships
  • Research Assistantships
  • Heinz and Mellon Fellowships in Latin American Archaeology
  • Mellon Predoctoral Fellowships
  • Social Science Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
  • Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowships
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships through the University Center for International Studies
  • Departmental and area studies center funding for predissertation field research
  • ****All fellowships include stipend and tuition****
Program Details
Research Facilities
  • Instruction in less and least commonly taught languages in Language Acquisition Institute 
  • Archaeology labs
  • Physical anthropology labs for paleontology, forensics, environmental studies, and histology
  • Computer facilities in all labs 
  • Summer field training in archaeology and ethnology
  • Cooperative relationships with Carnegie Museum of Natural History in museology
  • The Center for Comparative Archaeology fosters global comparative analysis, publishes books and monographs, maintains the online Comparative Archaeology Database, has an annual Visiting Scholar, and supports graduate and undergraduate field research.
Library Resources Libraries with over 5 million items, HRAF, extensive electronic resources, and special collections on North America, Latin America, Europe, Oceania, and East Asia.
Publications
  • Ethnology Monographs
  • Publications of the Center for Comparative Archaeology (Memoirs in Latin American Archaeology and others)
  • Journal of Asian Studies 
  • Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective 
  • International Journal of Paleopathology 
Certs Offered 0
Contacts
Affiliations
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Undergraduate Anthropology Club is active and can be reached via email at pittanthroclub@gmail.com or online at https://pittanthroclub.wordpress.com/contact/.
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1