University of Michigan, Department of Anthropology
101 West Hall 1085 S University Ann Arbor MI 48109-1107 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 734.764.7274
General Description / Special Programs

The Michigan Anthropology Department PhD Program is a dynamic intellectual community formed by faculty and students in a mutual quest to understand the human condition in all its variety, past and present. The questions we explore are many. Some have persisted through over a century of anthropological inquiry, some have been refined or altered as a result of anthropological work, and some have emerged recently along with changing world conditions and new intellectual debates.

We know that you will find a lot to learn at Michigan and that you will make your own original contributions to anthropology — contributions that will be interesting and informative to your fellow anthropologists, faculty and students alike, as well as to yourselves — before you leave. We want your graduate experience to be an exciting adventure, and we will do our best to make it so.

Area studies available include Near Eastern, South and Southeast Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and East European, Latin American and Caribbean, Middle Eastern and North African, Afro-American and African Studies

Joint area programs include Program in Evolution and Human Behavior, jointly with the Departments of Biology, Psychology and Psychiatry and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Joint PhD programs in Anthropology and History, and Social Work and Social Sciences.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, BA/BS concentration
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
34 credit hours beyond the 100 level. One 200 level course in each subfield from the list of approved courses; the remaining credits are taken in the subfield of choice with a minimum of five courses at the 300-level or above, with at least one of these at the 400 level. 20 credits must be completed in residence at the University of Michigan. A maximum of 6 credits of independent research can be counted toward the major.
Experience Offered
Field Work
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements University of Michigan MA or its equivalent, one language with a substantial written literature about anthropology and anthropology related subjects, B+ grade average, preliminary examination to advance to doctoral candidacy; dissertation and oral examination for PhD
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities


Graduate: Admitted graduate students are offered a funding package that provides for five years of continuous funding contingent on satisfactory progress. The first year is full fellowship from a variety of funding sources including the College of LSA and Rackham Graduate School and includes tuition and stipend for the academic year and health and dental insurance for 12 months. Second and third years are typically funded by Graduate Student Instructorships for fall and winter terms with health and dental insurance for 12 months. Fourth year and beyond students often secure prestigious external or departmental fellowships for research, field work and dissertation writing. The Museum of Anthropology also offers some Graduate Student Research Assistant positions each term upon application to the Director of the Museum of Anthropology.


Program Details
Research Facilities


Biological anthropology laboratories, Mischa Titiev Library, Linguistic anthropology laboratory, computer facilities available. The Museum of Anthropological Archaeology has collections on the archaeology of the Great Lakes Region and materials from Japan, China, Tibet, the Philippines and Latin America. Other areas include the archaeology of North America and collections of Archaeobiology (plants and animals). There are representative collections on the anthropology of Africa, Oceania, Europe and the Near East. The Museum of Art holds high-quality collections from New Guinea and West Africa.


Library Resources Mischa Titiev Library was established in 1976 and is housed in the Department of Anthropology. It has a basic collection of anthropology books in all the subdisciplines.
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  • Kelly Askew
    Primary Contact
    Niara Sudarkasa Collegiate Professor, Anthropology & Afroamerican and African Studies
School of Social Work (Joint PhD Program in Social Work and Anthropology), Department of History (Joint PhD program in Anthropology and History), The Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Anthro Club
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0