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

Emory University, Department of Anthropology
1557 Dickey Drive Room 207 Atlanta GA 30322 United States
General Description / Special Programs

Mission Statement

Anthropologists study the full spectrum of what it means to be human. Why does anthropology matter? Investigating the pressing issues facing nations, communities and scientific inquiry today, anthropology is vital to many of the compelling intellectual conversations occurring at Emory and beyond.  

Anthropologists address questions of human origins and evolution, behavioral biology, human ecology and adaptations, gender and sexuality, human cognition and emotion, health and illness, social justice and inequality, social behavior and human diversity, media and communication, and the intersections of biological, environmental, political, economic, and religious life. Our diverse theoretical and methodological toolkit permits anthropologists to forge creative approaches to established and emerging societal problems as well as to explore and expand the boundaries of human knowledge.

We are committed to integrative and empirically-grounded approaches to the human experience. Using ethnographic, computational, digital, archaeological, historical, biological, comparative, and experimental research methods, anthropologists explore a broad range of human conditions, past and present. Our teaching prepares students to “think outside the box,” to approach intellectual questions with curiosity and passion, using scientific knowledge from peoples and cultures around the world. We help students develop the analytical and communicative skills to address contemporary dilemmas from cultural, historical, and evolutionary perspectives.

Anthropology graduates have gone on to careers in international development, public health, education, diplomacy, law, social justice activism, business, entrepreneurship, and medicine as well as careers in academia. As a scholarly community, we train future researchers, academics, and civic leaders to succeed in and make a strong impact on our increasingly complex and interconnected world.

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Degrees Offered PhD; Anthropology major, minor (BA); Anthropology & Human Biology major (BS); joint major in Anthropology & Religion (BA)
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
BA: 13 courses, area of concentration, capstone project; BS 16 courses; Minor: 6 courses
MA/ MS Requirements No terminal MA offered
PhD Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements 3 years coursework (6 core courses and methodology requirement), specialty exams, doctoral research, 4 teaching requirements, dissertation
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Various support opportunities are available from the University for undergraduate work. Inquiries should be made directly to the admissions office. Graduate students receive stipend (5 years) and full tuition, plus supplemental funding for summer research, travel to present papers, and language training.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Department facilities in Ancient DNA, Anthropological Demography, Darwinian Neuroscience, Experimental Ethnography, Paleolithic Technology, Social Cognition and Primate Behavior; additional resources: Yerkes Primate Research Center, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Emory School of Medicine and Emory Healthcare System, Emory School of Public Health, Carter Center, Carlos Museum, Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture, Institute of African Studies, Program in Linguistics, Program in Global Development Studies

Library Resources Lori Jahnke, PhD, Anthropology Librarian, Robert W. Woodruff Library
Misc Information Chair: Anna Grimshaw; Director Graduate Studies: Chikako Ozawa-de Silva; Director Undergraduate Studies: Sa'ed Atshan; Director Undergraduate Research: Robert Paul; Sr Academic Department Admin: Lora McDonald; Graduate Coordinator: Eva Stotz; Undergraduate Coordinator: Heather Carpenter
Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
PhD program application deadline Dec 1
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Emory Anthropology Student Society (EASS) hosts events and activities that cultivate a strong and dynamic sense of community among Anthropology students. For more information: or Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) was organized to present a unified voice advocating for the interests and concerns of anthropology graduate students to the Anthropology Department, the Laney Graduate School, and across Emory University; to promote professional and intellectual development of its members, and to increase welfare and community among anthropology graduate students and the Anthropology Department. For more information:
Anthropology Club Advisor: EASS: Heather Carpenter
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1