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

Michigan State University, Department of Anthropology
355 Baker Hall 655 Auditorium Road East Lansing MI 48824-1118 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 517.353.2950
General Description / Special Programs

The Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University engages in the discipline as a humanistic science of cultural and biological diversity across time and space. Our strength is in our diversity of approaches to this fundamental inquiry. Our faculty specializes in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, medical anthropology, physical anthropology, and anthropological linguistics. We work towards an understanding of the human condition, past and present, in countries across the world and in our own backyards. The Department maintains cooperative teaching and research relationships with the Centers of Asian Studies, African Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Canadian Studies, Women's Studies, Center for Advanced Studies in International Development, Institute of International Health, Environmental Science and Policy Program, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen). The Centers provide access to visiting scholars, language training, and research opportunities. The sociocultural program recognizes the centrality of language in the constitution of social realities. The work of our sociocultural and linguistic faculty intersects in three broadly defined, overlapping areas of inquiry: Global Circulations and Identities; Knowledge, History, and Critique; and Governance, Rights, and Justice. Medical anthropology interfaces with biological/sociocultural aspects of health. Physical Anthropology program emphasizes forensic/osteological anthropology, with expertise also in bioarchaeology and biocultural approaches. The archaeology program focuses on the areas of cultural heritage and environmental archaeology in a variety of geographic and temporal settings, including the Great Lakes region for which it holds extensive collections. The Department also has a unique Campus Archaeology Program focused on stewardship of MSU's cultural heritage, public understanding of archaeology, and training & research opportunities for graduate & undergraduate students in archaeology.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA/BS majors
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements 30 credits, includes set of core courses/thesis; We do not normally admit students who are interested only in a Masters degree.
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements Course work requirement (beyond MA course program) set by Guidance Committee and student in relation to student's specialized interests, language proficiency, comprehensive exam, research proposal, dissertation and oral defense.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Doctoral students are funded with multi-year departmental support packages and competitive university fellowships are available for those who qualify. Other forms of graduate and undergraduate aid are available through the Campus Archaeology Program, the Cultural Heritage Informatics Program, and other programs and sources of research support across the college and university.

Program Details
Research Facilities

The department partners with History to provide the Lab for the Education and Advancement in Digital Research (LEADR), an interdisciplinary space for undergraduates and graduate students to learn, experiment, and build with cutting-edge tools, technologies, and methods for digital social science and humanities.The Consortium for Archaeological Research relates interests of archaeologists and other researchers across campus and provides related lab facilities and access to MSU Museum archaeological collections and to the Zooarchaeology laboratory, which houses a comparative skeletal collection for native and domesticated fauna. The Digital Heritage Imaging & Innovation Lab is an interdisciplinary teaching and research space designed to empower students and scholars interested in digitally documenting, preserving, and providing access to tangible heritage and material culture (, forensic, and bioarchaeology research and teaching labs accommodate faculty, graduate, and undergraduates. A qualitative computer lab with GIS and other hardware/software is available for graduate student use.

Library Resources The Department maintains an Anthropology Library.
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Certs Offered 0
Employees25 to 100
  • Todd Fenton
    Primary Contact
    Professor; Department Chair; Director of Forensic Anthropology Lab
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

ANP200-Navigating Another Culture; ANP201-Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; ANP203-Introduction to Archaeology; ANP204-Medical Anthropology; ANP206-Introduction to Physical Anthropology; ANP220-Gender Relations in Comparative Perspective; ANP236-Peace and Justice Studies; ANP264-Great Discoveries in Archaeology; ANP270-Women & Health in International Perspectives; ANP325-Anthropology of the Environment and Development; ANP330-Race, Ethnicity & Nation; ANP370-Culture, Health and Illness; ANP420-Language & Culture; ISS215-Social Differentiation & Inequality; ISS220-Time, Space and Change in Human Society

Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Undergraduate Student Anthropology Club and Graduate Student Association
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0