General Description / Special Programs

Comparative archaeological approaches to foragers, herders, farmers, and complex societies; archaeology of Latin America, East Asia, Eurasian Steppe, and North America; medical anthropology; ethnicity, nationalism, and the state; conflict studies; legal and political anthropology; prehistoric complex societies; osteoarchaeology; human evolutionary biology; forensics; experimental study of morphology and behavior. Area emphases: Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, Melanesia, Eastern Europe, US. Joint Degree Program: PhD in anthropology/MPH in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
33 credits; 3 core/intro courses; undergraduate seminar, History of Anthropological Thought, Methodology Course
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
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
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
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, A&S 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 Univ Center for International Studies. SSRC fellowships in former Soviet area anthropology. All fellowships include stipend and tuition. Departmental and area studies center funding for predissertation field research.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Instruction in less and least commonly taught languages in Language Acquisition Inst. Archaeology labs. Physical anthropology labs for paleontology, forensics, environmental studies, histology. Computer facilities in all labs and elsewhere in dept. 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.

Ethnology Monographs; Publications of the Center for Comparative Archaeology (Memoirs in Latin American Archaeology and others).

Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Undergraduate Anthropology Club is active and can be reached at or URL:
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1