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

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Anthropology
1180 Observatory Dr 5240 Social Science Bldg Madison WI 53706-1393 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 608.262.2866
General Description / Special Programs

The undergraduate major is designed to expose students to a wide range of anthropological topics and information. The graduate program is designed to prepare students for research, teaching, and other professional careers.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA/MS, BA/BS major
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
A minimum of 30 credits of Anthropology courses
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements 30 credits; Archaeology: 8-hour written exam (2 days, 4 hours per day), committee evaluation of two seminar papers in lieu of thesis; Biological: two-day exam (first day general principles; second day student specialty) and in lieu of a thesis, two term papers from biological anthropology graduate seminars may be submitted; Cultural: Anthropology 860, 900, plus one 900-level anthropology seminar; take-home qualifying exam; Intersectional degree program for students whose interests combine subdisciplines (e.g., ethnoarchaeology, paleoanthropology, biocultural) defined by committee
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements 21 additional credits beyond Masters; research methods course, language proficiency (if needed for research), statistics (if needed for research), oral and written exam; fieldwork normally required for archaeology and cultural
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Fellowships provided in conjunction with area training. Teaching Assistantships and Project Assistantships available

Program Details
Research Facilities

Both within and beyond the Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison offers an exceptional research environment. Department labs are large and well-equipped. Biological research facilities include labs for human osteology and primate morphology. Undergraduate teaching labs are also available. Archaeology labs maintain comparative and research collections of faunal, floral, lithic and ceramic materials, microscopes, a thin section lab, Experimental Archaeology lab, Lab for Archaeological Chemistry, 3D modeling, etc. Students in all areas have access to computers and outstanding library collections. Graduate students may participate in the activities of UW’s eight federally-funded National Resource Centers, or Area Studies Centers: the Centers for African Studies, European Studies; Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia; South Asia; Southeast Asian Studies; East Asian Studies; Global Studies; and the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program, as well as the Middle East Studies Program. These Centers and Programs, and affiliated UW Departments, teach more than 80 world languages, offer area-based courses and colloquia series, and invite graduate students to apply for Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. Graduate students may also affiliate with the Center for Culture, History, and Environment; the Center for Climatic Research; the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment; and other centers of the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies as well as with the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. Each offers colloquia, events, and opportunities for graduate funding. Graduate students conduct fieldwork at sites worldwide.

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African Studies; American Indian Studies; Buddhist Studies; Development Studies; East Asian Studies; East European and Central Asian Studies; Middle East Studies; Center for Culture, History, and Environment; Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development Program; Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies; Jewish Studies; Land Tenure Center; Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies; Medical History and Bioethics Studies; Primate Research Center; Religious Studies; Scandinavian Studies; School of Medicine and Public Health; Southeast Asian Studies; South Asian Studies; Gender and Women's Studies; Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: AnthroCircle. A student organization sponsoring workshops and colloquia.
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0