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

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Department of Anthropology
395 Hubert H Humphrey Ctr 301 19th Ave South Minneapolis MN 55455 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 612.625.3400
General Description / Special Programs

The Department offers four field training, with programs in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistics and cultural heritage management. In social/cultural anthropology, research and teaching are focused on the cultural construction of politics and law, history, economy, medicine, gender, art and consumption; psychological anth; visual anthropology, urban anthropology, applied anthropology. Linguistics research focuses on sociocultural linguistics, rhetorical practices, performance studies, language and power, language and gender. Regional specialization includes Europe, Latin America, Melanesia, North America, South Asia, East Asia, Middle East, Central Asia. Topical areas in archaeology and biological anthropology include historical archaeology, prehistoric archaeology, human evolution, paleoanthropology, and behavioral biology. Archaeology and primate skeletal emphasize taphonomy, archaeobiology, electronic imaging and lithic analysis. Many graduate students work with faculty in other departments in the field of paleoecology.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA major
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Students must complete at least 120 credits to graduate, including 35-44 credits within the Anthropology major. Students who major in the field are expected to take courses in the four sub-fields of anthropology. Students planning a professional career in anthropology general specialize in one of the sub-fields: biological anthropology (the evolutionary history of human and nonhuman primates), archaeology (the study of prehistoric and historic societies through their material culture), sociocultural anthropology (the study of the behavior of recent people in settings that range from unindustrialized societies to modern urban centers), and linguistic anthropology (the comparative study of languages and communication). Students complete required preparatory classes, at least 3 foundation courses among the four sub-fields, and five or more upper-division training elective courses. All majors complete a senior capstone, which consists of either a year-long capstone project or an extra upper-division course with a related capstone project attached to that course.
MA/ MS Requirements Plan B: 33 credits, oral examination
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements Approximately 36 credits (includes any MA work), and 24 thesis credits, written and oral examinations, fieldwork preferred but not required for dissertation
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities <p>Graduate: Teaching assistantships, up to 50% time per 9 months. Research assistantships. ICGC fellowships. Departmental Graduate Fellowships. University of Minnesota fellowships, including Diversity of Views and Experience (DOVE) Fellowships, IDF, DDF, and Hella Mears. Current and former students have also been successful at obtaining Leakey and NSF funding.</p>
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>Departmental Labs, Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, Ames Library for South Asia, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Institute for Global Studies, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, Museum Studies, Communication Studies, Medical Social Science, Ethnomusicology. A wide array of supporting programs in agriculture, child development, cognitive science, environmental studies, health sciences, paleoecology, and psychology</p>
Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Undergraduate Anthropology Club. Information can be obtained by calling 612-625-5032.
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0