General Description / Special Programs

The Department of Anthropology at Georgia State University offers Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Anthropology. The program provides rigorous training in anthropological research methods, theories, and skills on such topics as human evolution, urban processes, social marginality, and cultural politics. Organized on the principle that human problems must be understood in their historical, political-economic, and sociocultural contexts, the program emphasizes anthropological praxis, politically responsible research, instruction, and service. Graduate students select a thesis or a capstone option; focus on biological, archaeological, cultural and linguistic anthropology; and conduct empirical research independently or in collaboration with faculty. All students may complete an internship or a practicum informed by each of the sub-disciplines, and in a variety of settings including public health, education, development, and cultural resource management in metropolitan Atlanta.

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Tuition Info
Degrees Offered Anthropology MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
Certificate Info Certificate In Ethnography
Certificate Field Areas
Research Methods
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Math 1070 Elementary Statistics, Phil 2010 Great Questions of Philosophy, Anth 2030 Intro to Arch, Anth 2010 Intro to Physical Anth, Anth 2020 Intro to Cultural Anth, ForL2001 Foreign Lang I, ForL2002 Foreign Lang II, Anth 4020 Anth Theory or 4600 Arch Theory; Methods Courses. Select 1 course: Anth 4360 Methods/Theory Physical Anth; Anth 4480 Ethnographic Analysis, Anth 4590 Arch Field Methods
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements Students in the general and applied tracks must complete a 4-course core curriculum. Students are expected to develop their own areas of interest and expertise within the broader framework of the program. The program is designed to be completed in 2 years. The Thesis Option requires 33 hours of course work and the Non-Thesis Option requires 36 hours of course work.
MA/MS Specializations The department focuses on theoretical and applied approaches in general anthropology, including archaeology, biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, and cultural anthropology with emphasis on urban, medical, material culture, consumption and visual.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

15-20 dept research assistantships and several extramurally funded graduate and teaching research assistantships, tuition waivers for full-time students, National Direct Student Loans, undergraduate university scholarships and student assistantships.

Program Details
Research Facilities

The anthropology program has research and instructional laboratories for biological, sociocultural, and archaeological anthropology and other research and instruction space for special projects.

Library Resources William Russell Pullen Library

Dr. Steven Black: (2019). Speech and Song at the Margins of Global Health: Zulu Tradition, HIV Stigma, and AIDS Activism in South Africa. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. (2018). “The Ethics and Aesthetics of Care.” Annual Review of Anthropology 47. (2018). “Sexual Stigma: Markedness, Taboo, Containment, and Emergence.” In Kira Hall and Edward Barrett (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality. New York: Oxford University Press. Published online in advance: (2018). “Ethics, Expertise, and Inequities in Global Health Discourses: The Case of Non-Profit HIV/AIDS Research in South Africa.” In N. Avineri, L. Graham, E. Johnson, R. Conley Riner, and J. Rosa (eds.),Language and Social Justice in Practice. New York: Routledge, p. 119-127. Dr. Jeffrey Glover: (2018). Rubio-Cisneros, Nadia, Marcia Moreno-Baez, Andrea Saenz-Arroyo, Jeffrey Glover, Dominique Rissolo, Christopher Markus Götz, Silvia Salas, Anthony Andrews, Gustavo Marin, Sara Morales-Ojeda, Francisca Antele, Jorge Herrera-Silveira. Poor fisheries data, many fishers, and increasing tourism development: interdisciplinary views on past and current small-scale fisheries exploitation at Holbox Island. Marine Policy (2018). Glover, Jeffrey B., Zachary X. Hruby, Dominique Rissolo, Joseph W. Ball, Michael D. Glascock, M. Steven Shackley. Interregional Interaction in Terminal Classic Yucatan: Recent Obsidian and Ceramic Data from Vista Alegre, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Latin American Antiquity 29:475-494. (2018). Jaijel, Roy, Jeffrey B. Glover, Dominique Rissolo, Patricia A. Beddows, Derek Smith, Zvi Ben-Avraham, Beverly Goodman Tchernov. Coastal reconstruction of Vista Alegre, an ancient maritime Maya settlement. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 497:25-36 (2018). Jaijel, Roy, Mor Kanari, Jeffrey B, Glover, Dominique Rissolo, Patricia A. Beddows, Zvi Ben-Avraham, Beverly N. Goodman Tchernov. Shallow geophysical exploration at the ancient maritime Maya site Vista Alegre, Yucatan Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 18:52-63 Dr. Emanuela Guano: (2019). “Emotions, Archistars, and Genoa’s New Bridge,” Anthropology News, February 2019; (2018). Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place by Setha Low. Book review for American Ethnologist. 45 (2018) 291-292. (2018). Terapie urbane. I nuovi spazi pubblici della città contemporanea by Rossana Galdini. Book Review for Sociologia Urbana e Rurale 114 (2018) 158-159. (2017). Creative Urbanity: An Italian Middle Class in the Shade of Revitalization. Philadelphia, PA: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017. (2017). Alternative Tourism in Budapest: Class, Culture and Identity in a Postsocialist City by Susan E. Hill, Book review for Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 15 (2017):1-2. Dr. Kathryn Kozaitis: (2020). Indebted: Despair and Resilience in Greece’s Second City. Oxford University Press. (2018). Cultural Relativism. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2018). Ethnocentrism. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2013). Anthropological Praxis in Higher Education. Annals of Anthropological Practice 37(1):133-155. Dr. Faidra Papavasiliou: (2018). Papavasiliou, Faidra and Carrie Furman. Submitted. Local Food in the Middle: Food Hubs and the Quest to Scale Up Local Food in Georgia. Agriculture and Human Values. (2018). Furman, Carrie and Faidra Papavasiliou. Scale and Affect in the Local Food Movement. Food, Culture and Society. (2017). Furman, Carrie, Julia Gaskin, Faidra Papavasiliou, Kate Munden-Dixon, Hilda Kurtz and Lurleen Walters. Food Hubs in Georgia: A Potential Market for Small and Mid-Scale Farms. UGA Extension Bulletin 1488. University of Georgia. Dr. Jennifer Patico: (2018). Awkward Sincerity: Encounters in Feminist Anthropology and “International Marriage Brokering.” Critique of Anthropology Volume 38 (1): 75-95. Published online December 2017 at; paper publication 2018. (2016). “Children’s Food.” Invited, peer-reviewed article in Handbook of Food and Anthropology, James Watson and Jakob Klein, eds. Bloomsbury Press. Pp. 200-226. Co-authored with Eriberto Lozada, Jr. (2016). “Culturedness, Responsibility and Self-Help: Contexts of Middle Classness in Postsocialist Russia.” In The Middle Class in Emerging Societies: Consumers, Lifestyles and Markets. Leslie Marsh and Hongmei Li, eds. Routledge University Press. Pp. 19-32. Dr. Louis Ruprecht: (2018). Thomas F. Strasser, Sarah Murray, Alexandra van der Geer, Louis A. Ruprecht Jr., Christina Kolb, “Paleolithic Cave Art from Crete, Greece,” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 18 (2018): 100-108 (2017). “Cornel West and the Tragedy at the Heart of North American Pragmatism: A Retrospective Look at The American Evasion of Philosophy,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 38.2-3 (May-September 2017): 179-200 (2017). Report on the Aeginetan Sculptures with Historical Supplements (by Johann Martin Wagner and Friedrich Schelling) (Albany, NY: State University ofNew York [SUNY] Press. (2017). "We Never Got the Joke: Comedy and Tragedy in Modern Politics," a review of Angus Fletcher, Comic Democracies: From Ancient Athens to the American Republic (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), Arion, Third Series 25.1 (2017): 173-211. (2015). Policing the State: Democratic Responses to Police Power Gone A wry, in Memory of Kathryn Johnston (1914-2006}- 2nd Edition, with a new Afterword, "Policing the State After Ferguson" (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock). Dr. Nicola Sharratt: (2019). Sharratt, N., S. deFrance & P. R. Williams ‘Spanish Colonial Networks of Production: Earthenware Storage Vessels from the Peruvian Wine Industry.’ International Journal of Historical Archaeology (2019). (In press) Sharratt, N. ‘Tiwanaku’s Legacy: a Chronological Reassessment of the terminal Middle Horizon in the Moquegua Valley, Peru.’ Latin American Antiquity. (2018). Lowman, S. A., N. Sharratt, B. L. Turner ‘Bioarchaeology of Social Transition: a diachronic study of health at Tumilaca la Chimba, Peru.’ International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. (2017). Sharratt, N. ‘Steering Clear of the Dead: Avoiding Ancestors in the Moquegua Valley, Peru.’ American Anthropologist 119(4): 645-661. (2017). Parker, B. J. and N. Sharratt. ‘Fragments of the Past: Applying Microarchaeological Techniques to Use Surfaces at Tumilaca La Chimba, Moquegua, Peru.’ Advances in Archaeological Practice 5(1): 71-92. Dr. Bethany Turner: (2018). Turner, Bethany L., Bélisle, Véronique, Davis, Allison R., Skidmore, Maeve, Schaefer, Benjamin J., Covey, R. Alan, Bauer, Brian S. Diet and Nutrition across Five Millennia in the Cusco Region of Peru. Journal of Archaeological Science 98: 137-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2018.07.013. (2018). Lowman, Shannon A., Sharratt, Nicola O., Turner, Bethany L. Bioarchaeology of Social Transition: A Diachronic Study of Pathological Conditions at Tumilaca La Chimba, Peru. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, DOI: 10.1002/oa.2713. (2018). Turner, Bethany L., Hewitt, Barbara R. The Aqlla and Mitmakquna: Diet, Ethnicity, and Status. In Alconini, Sonia, Covey, Alan R. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Incas. Oxford University Press, in press. (2017). Jones, Daniel S., Turner, Bethany L., Buikstra, Jane E., Kamenov, George D. Estimating the Identities of Isolated Crania in the Lower Illinois River Valley Through Multi-Isotopic Analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 13: 312-321. Dr. Cassandra White: (2019). Validation and Syncretic Belief in the Afterlife: U.S. Viewers’ Perceptions of Long Island Medium. Anthropology of Consciousness 30(1): 90-112. (2017). Vidas Interrumpidas y Reimaginadas. Prologue to Nuestra Historia no es Mentira: Vivir con la Enfermedad de Hansen en Ecuador. Beatriz Miranda Galarza with the collaboration of Edgar Cortez, Coleción 17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos, Mexico City, Mexico. (2017). Clinical and Social Aspects of Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) and Contemporary Challenges to Elimination. Short Communication. Journal of Dermatology and Clinical Research 5(2):1097-1099. Dr. Frank Williams: (2019). Williams FL. Fathers and their Children in the First Three Years of Life: An Anthropological Perspective. Texas A & M University Press, College Station, TX. (2018). Williams FL, George RL, Polet C. Deciduous molar morphology from the Neolithic caves of the Meuse River Basin, Belgium. Dental Anthropology 31:18-26. (2018). Power RC, Williams FL. The increasing intensity of food processing during the Upper Paleolithic of western Eurasia. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology 1:281–301. (2018). Williams FL, Droke J, Schmidt CW, Willman JC, Becam G, de Lumley M-A. Dental microwear texture analysis of Neandertals from Hortus cave, France /Analyse de la texture des de la micro-usure dentaire chez les Néandertaliens de la grotte de l’Hortus, France. Comptes rendus Palevol 17:545–556. (2017). Williams FL, Polet C. A secondary mandibular condylar articulation and collateral effects on a Late Neolithic mandible from Bois Madame rockshelter in Arbre, Belgium. International Journal of Paleopathology 16:44-49.

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Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: The Anthropology Club at Georgia State University is a student-led organization that is open to all GSU students (graduate and undergraduate) and alumni who are interested in anthropology and its sub-disciplines. We focus on facilitating student-alumni-professor interactions, and in providing information, skills, and opportunities to enhance students' personal, academic, and professional lives. The Anthro Club accomplishes this through monthly meetings, social events, and field trips. Field trips include museum visits, visits to historic and archaeological sites, volunteering and activism. The Anthro Club has over 50 active members, and continues to grow with the department.
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