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

Wayne State University, Department of Anthropology
3054 FAB 656 W. Kirby Detroit MI 48202 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 313.577.2935
General Description / Special Programs

Four field concentration, specialized MA and PhD concentrations in Medical Anthropology, Business and Organizational Anthropology, Museum Studies/Public Archaeology, Applied Anthropology.

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Tuition Info
Each student pays Tuition, a Student Service Fee, and a Registration Fee. Please Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice, by action of the Board of Governors. Tuition and Fee schedule can be accessed through the following link:
Degrees Offered DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY with a major in Anthropology and specializations in cultural anthropology, archaeology, medical anthropology, physical anthropology, and business and organizational anthropology; Integrated DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY between Social Work and Anthropology (SWAN); MASTER OF ARTS with a major in Anthropology; GRADUATE CERTIFICATE in Museum Practice; BACHELOR OF ARTS with a major in anthropology
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Candidates must complete 120 credits in coursework including University General Education requirements and the College of Liberal Arts group requirements. Students majoring in anthropology are required to elect a minimum of 34 credits in anthropology. A minimum of 15 credits must be taken in residence. The capstone course must be taken in residence.
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements Updated requirements, if applicable, will be published on Department website. Plan A: 25 credits in course work plus an 8 credit thesis, Plan B: 31 credits in course work plus a 3-credit essay. Plan C: 34 credits in course work including Synthesis.
MA/MS Specializations Business and Organizational Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Museum Studies, Public Archaeology.
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements 90 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, 30 of which must be earned as dissertation credit. Must demonstrate a proficiency in an approved scholarly language (can be met by three semesters of undergraduate foreign language), oral exam on dissertation, written exam, fieldwork strongly recommended. The MSW is required for the joint PHD degree. For those without a masters in social work (MSW) a total of 129 hours is required for the joint PHD in Anthropology and Social Work AND an MSW.
Phd Specializations Business and Organizational Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Museum Studies, Public Archaeology.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Graduate teaching assistantships: salary plus tuition and health insurance. University scholarships with tuition; competitive doctoral fellowships/traineeships including NIH traineeships through Institute of Gerontology: tuition, stipends, insurance; research assistantships on funded research projects: tuition, insurance, stipend.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthropology (prehistoric & historic collections, Detroit and Great Lakes region); Reuther Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs; WSU Folklore Archive; Institute of Gerontology (includes Center for Health Disparities, site of NIH funded traineeships); Merrill-Palmer Institute for Child and Family Development; Detroit Medical Center (5 hospitals for research collaboration; NIH Perinatal Research Branch), Henry Ford Hospital System, Developmental Disabilities Institute of Michigan; Arab-American Museum (anthropological emphasis); Cranbrook Museum of Science (science museum with anthropological/archaeological emphases); Museum of African American History; Detroit Institute of Arts (excellent materials on Africa, Inuit & Native Americans; conservation lab); Detroit Historical Museum (ethnographic/historical materials from Great Lakes region); Detroit Zoological Park (primate collections); Campus is barrier- and smoke-free; handicapped housing available on campus.

Library Resources Purdy Kresge Library (Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences); Undergraduate Library; Shiffman Medical Library; Neef Law Library; Detroit Public Library (adjacent to campus).
Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Four-field Introductory to Anthropology; Business and Organizational Anthropology; Lost Cities and Ancient Civilizations; International Health, Understanding Africa.

Application Deadlines
January 15 for PhD program (one deadline); October 15 and January 15 for MA programs (2 deadlines).
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: The Anthropology Learning Community focuses on collaborative research in Detroit and providing anthropology undergraduate majors with professional research experience outside of the classroom. The Learning Community focuses on tutoring, student publication, conference attendance, professionalization, and good times.
Anthropology Club Advisor: Anthropology Learning Community Faculty Advisor Associate Professor Andrew Newman
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0