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

General Description / Special Programs
A generously funded doctoral program with extraordinary opportunities for field research and publication. Although students with diverse interests are welcomed, the focus of Vanderbilt's program is Latin America. Students benefit from small classes, emphasis on the student's interests in structuring a program of study, and collaboration with faculty in field projects in the Andes, Mesoamerica, Amazonia, and elsewhere in the Americas, as well as laboratory training in osteology, genetics, and GIS. Collaboration with local communities, indigenous studies, history, political economy, social movements, landscape and spatial analysis, and bio-social dynamics of inequality and social change are primary emphases.
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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
30 hours of coursework in program
MA/MS Field Areas
MA/ MS Requirements 36 hours course work, comprehensive examination. No admissions for MA-only students. PhD candidates may earn the MA in the course of work toward the doctorate.
PhD Field Areas
Phd Requirements 45 hours course work in program plus research hours, comprehensive exam, thesis, language exam
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities <p>All graduate students receive tuition, fees, health insurance, and $23,000 stipend, renewable for five years. Several additional awards are competitive across the University. University funds provide additional support for graduate student conference travel, summer research, and dissertation writing.</p>
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>Spatial Analysis Research Laboratory (Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing); Cognitive Anthropology Laboratory; Osteology Research Lab; Isotope Analysis Lab; Genetics Research Lab. Branscombe Collection of pre-Columbian Nasca ceramics; the Arnold and Garnier Collection of osteology materials; the Wauchope Library Collection; Thurston Collection of Middle Cumberland Artifacts; and other ceramic collections. Center for Latin American Studies, Learning Sciences Institute, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.</p>
Library Resources Extensive Latin America collections
Publications <p>Ancient Mesoamerica (Cambridge University Press journal), International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Vanderbilt University Publications in Anthropology, Vanderbilt Institute of Mesoamerican Archaeology Monograph Series, Exploration (online research journal).</p>
Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
January 15, 2014
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Anthropology Student Association, Vanderbilt Anthropology Graduate Students Association
Anthropology Club Advisor: Steven Wernke
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0