University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Anthropology
1621 Cumberland Ave 505 Strong Hall Knoxville TN 37996-1525 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 865.974.4408
General Description / Special Programs

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee trains students in archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology, and offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Anthropology. The Department also offers an MA in Mediterranean Archaeology in cooperation with the Departments of Classic, History, Architecture, and Religious Studies. Together with the Department of Classics, it is affiliated with the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. In addition, we offer undergraduate concentrations in Forensic Anthropology, Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights (DDHR) and an Honors concentration; and a graduate certificate in DDHR. The department is an international leader in forensic anthropology and is home to the Forensic Anthropology Center. It has longstanding strengths in southeastern archaeology of the deep and more recent pasts. Other strengths include anthropological genetics and biomechanics, critical disaster studies, and the inter- and intra-disciplinary DDHR program, which broadly emphasizes contemporary anthropological training, research, and application in the areas of disasters, forced migration, conflict and conflict resolution, peacebuilding, human rights, and transitional justice.  Emerging strengths include big data approaches to climate change and social behavior, and microscale approaches to foodways, pastoralism and environmental change. We share an interest in and commitment to community engagement across the subdisciplines.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
MA/MS Field Areas
MA/ MS Requirements 30 semester hours course work, thesis, thesis defense
PhD Field Areas
Phd Requirements Requirements PhD: 24 hours of coursework beyond the MA degree plus 24 hours of dissertation credits (Anth 600); formal dissertation proposal and oral defense; dissertation or three publications, final oral presentation and defense of dissertation.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Graduate Student: 36 teaching assistantships, $15,900 to $18,780 plus tuition/fees for 50% appointment.

Program Details
Research Facilities

The Department supports faculty/staff research across the three subdisciplines of cultural, biological and archaeological anthropology. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate students and faculty enhanced opportunities to participate in archaeology projects in the laboratory and in the field. The archaeology faculty and affiliated researchers specialize in bioarchaeology, cave archaeology, GIS applications, geoarchaeology, historical archaeology, Indigenous peoples of eastern North America, isotope and ZooMS analysis, materials analysis, paleoethnobotany, and zooarchaeology. The laboratories house up-to-date equipment that operate in conjunction with on-campus core equipment facilities. The Molecular Anthropology Laboratories consist of three separate molecular laboratories: a modern DNA lab and two clean room labs (one for forensic-age DNA and another for ancient DNA research). 

Collections include the UT Skeletal Collection of modern donated and forensic cases; Parmalee collection of comparative faunal material; the Paul W. Parmalee Malacology Collection, the paleoethnobotany collection, and extensive collections of archaeology, ethnological and osteology material from the Southeastern US in the McClung Museum; extensive research collections from Middle Atlantic and Southeastern sites curated by the department; HRAF microfilm edition; the UT Small Primate Osteological Collection; Brehme collection of dermatoglyphic materials; computer data bases including Brehme dermatoglyphic data, osteology data of recent forensic cases, the Goldman Osteometric Dataset, and archaeological data from sites across the US.


Forensic Anthropology Center publications

Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Undergraduate Anthropology Association; Lambda Alpha; Anthropology Graduate Student Association
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1